Archive for February, 2013

Seniors Experiencing Homelessness – The Inside Story

Posted on: February 27th, 2013 by Chloe Hamilton

Join the Cambridge Shelter for their Speaker Series and Fundraiser event.
There will be a hot catered meal, a keynote speaker – Dr. Peter Donahue, Drama by the Harmony Interactive Theatre, and entertainment by the Ch’ckl’ts.

Date and Time: Thursday April 11th, 2013 at 5:30pm

Location: Fairview Mennonite Home
515 Langs Dr

Cost: $75.00/person or table of 8 for $520.00.

RSVP: please RSVP and pay for ticket(s) by April 4th. Please call Gillian Aiello at (519) 624-9305 x 100 or e-mail her




Dialogue on Diversity

Posted on: February 27th, 2013 by Chloe Hamilton

Hosted by the Region of Waterloo: Join us for the Dialogue on Diversity to discuss issues facing adults 55 and over. Such issues will include:

  • understanding ageism
  • living succesfully with dementia
  • creating age friendly communities
  • exploring demographic change: ready or not, here come the “Boomers”

There will be 5 different speakers:
Arlene Groh – Elder Abuse and Restorative Justice Constultant
Harmony Interactive Theatre Group – Action Theatre
Dr. John Lewis – Associate Professor, University of Waterloo School of Planning
Brenda Hounan-Dementia Spokesperson and Advocate
Dr. Doug Norris – Sr. VP and Chief Demographer, environics analytics

There will also be information displays in the lobby
Date and Time: Wednesday March 20th, 2013 from 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Location: Region of Waterloo Council Chambers
150 Frederick St Kitchener, 2nd floor

Cost: Free!

Registration: Please be sure to register by March 15th. You can register online at by clicking here
or by calling Lorraine Bentley at 519-883-2397



Annual Passport Event – February 2013

Posted on: February 5th, 2013 by Chloe Hamilton

The Passport Day is an annual event hosted by the Specaialized Geriatric Services. It is a very informative day so come out ready to learn!

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Ken Leclair.

Who:  Primary Care, GEM Nurses, CCAC Case Managers, IGSW’S, (BSO) CRBT, Care Professionals, Community Support Services Staff and Developmental Services

When: February 26th from 8:30am-4:30pm

Where: St. George’s Hall
665 King St N, Waterloo

Cost: $35.00/ticket

RSVP: please click here for more information and to register. Ticket sales end February 20th, 2013. Be sure to register ASAP!

211 and the Senior Safety Line Join Forces in the Fight Against Elder Abuse in Ontario

Posted on: February 1st, 2013 by Chloe Hamilton

On February 1, 2013 ONPEA’s Senior Safety Line partners with Ontario 211 and launches a collaborative new service delivery model, to increase efficiency and effectiveness in supporting elder abuse callers and at-risk seniors in the province. This partnership will mean fewer dropped calls, an increase in call handling capacity and improved client satisfaction.

This is the first of many steps that ONPEA is taking to develop a sustainable funding and service delivery model, while forging strong partnerships in the community.

These steps have been made possible through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s one year grant, that allows continued 24/7 operation of the critically important Senior Safety Line, that since its inception has served over 20,000 callers in over 150 languages, while the resource development plan and growth in public support continues in tandem.

The Senior Safety Line will continue to partner with the Assaulted Women’s Helpline, which has supported the SSL from its start with its existing infrastructure, technical support and dedicated, professionally trained counseling specialists/staff.

By expanding the partnership to include 211, callers will have a choice to obtain information about a wide range of human services and program information in the province, freeing up SSL staff, currently at capacity, to manage more specialized-counseling type calls.

Teri Kay, Executive Director of The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse said she “expresses her gratitude to OTF and 211 for the opportunity and support both through the grant and valued resources being shared. Ultimately it is the at risk senior citizen that benefits, by having access to the help they need.”

Andrew Benson of 211 echoes Ms Kay’s sentiments in saying, “This is an ideal partnership that engages the resources within each organization, to provide elderly citizens with easy, reliable access to information, referral and counseling services as appropriate to make strides in protecting and supporting vulnerable seniors in the province.”

 About ONPEA:

The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA), a charitable organization governed by a voluntary Board, is dedicated to raising awareness of elder abuse and neglect, through public education, professional training, advocacy, and service coordination. In addition to implementing Ontario’s Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse, ONPEA supports a growing number of vital projects and research in elder abuse and neglect prevention through regional, national and international forums. For more information click here

About Ontario 211:

Ontario 211 is a public purpose body, supported by the Ministry of Community & Social Services, United Ways, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Citizenship & Immigration Canada, to collect, organize and disseminate valuable, trusted information about some 60,000 human services and programs. Since its launch over a decade ago, 211 has served well over 4 million callers. Ontario was the first province in Canada to provide 100% coverage ensuring that each resident could find help in navigating the complex social services network. 211 is a single point of access, by dialing the award-winning (2-1-1) the three digit, toll-free, confidential number or for those with internet access, links to community, social, health and government services. Phone lines are answered live by Certified Information & Referral Specialists, 24/7/365 in over 150 languages who listen and apply years of social service experience to connect the caller to those services most likely to help. For more information click here

Teri Kay, Executive Director
Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse