With a growing number of Albertans living longer, the need for community-based supports is greater than ever. These supports help older adults age in their own homes and are a crucial part of preventative health care.
In fact, 80 per cent of health outcomes are determined by non-medical factors including social support, people’s physical environment and health-related behaviours. The growing need underscores the importance of community-based seniors serving organizations working collaboratively on long-term plans and finding solutions to challenges.
Stakeholders are collaborating on a framework with a vision that is centred around equity of access and opportunity to resources that address social determinants of health for older adults. Together, we are reimagining how we support older Edmontonians to age well in their own homes.
The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council is supporting the community-driven work by providing facilitation, conflict mediation, project development, partnership development, and support for the various elements of the framework.
Organizations and professional stakeholders within Edmonton's seniors serving network are invited to take part in ongoing Network Gatherings to learn more about the initiative--where we are and where we're headed.
If you are interested in more information about the Network Gathering or the work of the ICLG, please contact Angelika at Angelika@seniorscouncil.net
Previous Network Gatherings are available on ESCC's YouTube page.