The Quadra Granville Seniors Group and the South Granville Seniors Centre sponsored and organized a Social Isolation And Loneliness Among Seniors (SILAS) forum held on May 26, 2018. The forum was very successful with over 130 attendees. In particular, the round table discussions were lively.
Honourable Jody Wilson-Rabould, MP Vancouver Granville, Minister of Justice
Jody Wilson-Rabould spoke and participated in the round table discussions.
Eddy Elmer, Master in Gerontology
Eddy was the primary researcher in the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health’s Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Seniors Project (SILAS). Eddy presented his findings and his recommendations. Click here to read about and download the complete SILAS report (188 pages).
Elizabeth Ball, City Councillor
Sarah Kirby-Yung, Vancouver Park Board Commissioner
Service Providers and Organizations in Attendance
|BEST, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation||http://best.bc.ca/|
|411 Seniors Centre Society||http://411seniors.bc.ca/|
|Brock House Society||http://www.brockhousesociety.com/|
|Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House||http://www.cedarcottage.org/|
|COSCO, Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of B.C.||http://coscobc.org/|
|CTCMA, College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Acupuncturists BC||http://www.ctcma.bc.ca/|
|CMTBC, College Of Massage Therapists BC||https://www.cmtbc.ca/|
|Jewish Community Centre Greater Vancouver||http://www.jccgv.com/|
|Knox United Church||http://www.knoxunitedvancouver.org/|
|L’Chaim Adult Day Centre||http://lchaim.ca/|
|Little Mountain Neighbourhood House||http://web2.lmnhs.bc.ca/|
|Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House||http://mpnh.org/|
|Municipal Pensioners Retirees’ Association||http://www.mpra.ca/|
|Quadra Granville Seniors Group||http://quadragranvilleseniors.ca/|
|Riley Park Community Garden||https://www.rileyparkgarden.org/|
|SFU, Simon Fraser University||https://www.sfu.ca/|
|SLCBC, Federal Senior Liberals’ Commission of BC||http://federalslcbc.ca/|
|South Granville Seniors Centre||http://southgranvilleseniors.ca/|
|SOHC, Support Our Health Care||http://sohc.ca/|
|Thunderbird Neighbourhood Association||https://www.thunderbirdcc.ca/|
|Vancouver Park Board||http://vancouver.ca/your-government/vancouver-board-of-parks-and-recreation.aspx|
|West Coast In-Home Care Inc.||https://www.wccareoncall.ca/|
|West End West End Seniors’ Network||http://wesn.ca/|
Audience Survey Results
The audience was asked to complete this survey questionnaire.
We received 38 completed surveys. Click here to download a spreadsheet of survey results.
Summary of Round Table Discussions
The audience organized themselves into 8 groups for the round table discussions. Each group had a moderator and a note taker. Each group was given a short time to summarize the discussion in their group.
There were 2 round table discussion topics:
- How to identity seniors who are isolated and/or lonely
- What can the community do to help seniors that are isolated and/or lonely
The notes have been scanned into images. Click here to download a .ZIP file (14 MegaBytes) containing 16 pages of round table notes.
We plan to engage with service providers to work collaboratively and to adopt best practices to help seniors that are suffering from isolation and loneliness. After the forum 7 service providers indicated that they will attend a follow-up meeting to work on meeting these objectives.