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FILIPINO ELDERLY WELLBEING PROJECT
Revival and Renewal Meeting
January 19, 2016 | Filipino Centre Toronto

Welcome & Introductions
Why are we all here?

Agenda
Seniors in Canada: National and Provincial Themes
FEW Research Project Summary
Toronto Seniors Strategy
Discussio...
The Aging Population in Canada:
NationalThemes
 INCOME
 HOUSING
 TRANSPORTATION
 HEALTH
 AWARENESS AND DELIVERY OF SE...
Provincial Programs
(Ontario Action Plan for Seniors)
 Improved Access to Community Care
 Ontario Drug Benefit Program
...
What is the FEW Project?
 Research collaboration between University of Toronto & Filipino
Centre Toronto (2011-2013)
 25...
FEW Project Report KEY FINDINGS
 Approximately 7 out of 10 Filipino elderlies in
the GTA live in poverty
 Economic vulne...
FEW Project Report KEY FINDINGS
 Largest expenses: Housing, Food
 Many seniors rely on free or low-cost health and medic...
FEW Project Report RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Establish a Task Force on Filipino Elderlies that is community-led
and multi-sectora...
FEW Project Report RECOMMENDATIONS
4. Politicians with sizeable Filipino constituents need to take
consistent leadership a...
FEW Project Report RECOMMENDATIONS
7. Provide more subsidized housing and create Office of
Housing Ombudsperson that will ...
FEW Project Report RECOMMENDATIONS
10. Filipino and other businesses to develop a discount program for
elderlies. Win-win ...
FEW Project Report
Report Dissemination
Meetings with City Councillors (2013-2015)
Moving the FEW
Project Forward
Toronto Seniors Strategy: 2012 to NOW
Key Priorities
 HOUSING & ACCOMMODATION and
LONG TERM CARE
 FINANCIAL RESOURCES AN...
Toronto Seniors’ Forum
 The Toronto Seniors' Forum was established to "give a voice to
seniors not often heard.” Their de...
KEY PRIORITIES: Toronto Seniors’ Forum
HOUSING & ACCOMMODATION and LONG TERM CARE
 Increase affordable housing & reduce w...
KEY PRIORITIES: Toronto Seniors’ Forum
HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT & CULTURALLY SENSITIVE SERVICES
 Provide full-range dental car...
KEY PRIORITIES: Toronto Seniors Forum
SENIORS PARTICIPATION & LEADERSHIP/ADVOCACY
 Increase opportunities to take part & ...
City of Toronto Community Services
 ELDERLY PERSONS/HEALTHIER LIVING/ACTIVE LIVING CENTRE
 CLIENT INTERVENTION & ASSISTA...
City of Toronto Community Services
 MEALS ON WHEELS/COMMUNITY KITCHENS/FOOD BANKS
 HOME MAINTENANCE, SNOW SHOVELLING & L...
FEW Project 2016 - 2021
 WHAT DO WE WANT FOR OUR SENIORS?
 WHAT DO WE WANT TO ACHIEVE IN 2016?
Seniors Community Grant P...
Seniors Community Grant Program
Projects must fulfill at least one of the following priorities:
 Lead to opportunities fo...
Sample Projects
Connect, Meditate, Laugh, Learn:
Seniors Path to Holistic Health
and Wellness
A means to offer low-income,...
Sample Projects
"Let's Get Active!" Senior's
Health Club
To provide four seminars (Hiking, Diets, Exercise and
Health Mind...
Sample Projects
Fit and Fun! Active 55+ Swing
Dance Lessons and Social Dance
Professional swing dance teachers will instru...
Sample Projects
Seniors Engagement
& Empowerment
Project
Computer classes to enable seniors to learn how to access the
int...
FEW Project 2016 - 2021
 WHAT DO WE WANT FOR OUR SENIORS?
 WHAT DO WE WANT TO ACHIEVE IN 2016?
 HOW DO WE WANT TO BE IN...
Next Steps
 Toronto Seniors Forum – Filipino representation
 March 19 Age Friendly Toronto Forum - Filipino representati...
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Filipino Elderly Wellbeing Project - Revival and Renewal Meeting

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Meeting on January 19, 2016
Led by Frank Villanueva, Monica Batac (Ryerson University), Fritz Pino (University of Toronto)
Toronto, Canada

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Filipino Elderly Wellbeing Project - Revival and Renewal Meeting

  1. 1. FILIPINO ELDERLY WELLBEING PROJECT Revival and Renewal Meeting January 19, 2016 | Filipino Centre Toronto
  2. 2.  Welcome & Introductions Why are we all here?
  3. 3.  Agenda Seniors in Canada: National and Provincial Themes FEW Research Project Summary Toronto Seniors Strategy Discussion (small and whole group) Filipino Community - What do we have? What do we lack? - What do we want for our seniors? - What do we want to achieve?
  4. 4. The Aging Population in Canada: NationalThemes  INCOME  HOUSING  TRANSPORTATION  HEALTH  AWARENESS AND DELIVERY OF SERVICES AND BENEFITS
  5. 5. Provincial Programs (Ontario Action Plan for Seniors)  Improved Access to Community Care  Ontario Drug Benefit Program  Aging at Home Strategy  Long-term Care Transformation  Elder Abuse Strategy  Ending Mandatory Retirement
  6. 6. What is the FEW Project?  Research collaboration between University of Toronto & Filipino Centre Toronto (2011-2013)  250 participants of Filipino ancestry, at least 65 years of age, Canadian citizens or permanent residents and living in the Greater Toronto Area  250 completed survey questionnaire & 20 randomly selected individual interviews  Video
  7. 7. FEW Project Report KEY FINDINGS  Approximately 7 out of 10 Filipino elderlies in the GTA live in poverty  Economic vulnerability more pronounced for those who migrated to Canada post 1990s & for female elderlies  Primary reliance on government support for economic security  Majority live with family members and/or relatives
  8. 8. FEW Project Report KEY FINDINGS  Largest expenses: Housing, Food  Many seniors rely on free or low-cost health and medical services, provided by Filipino, religious and other community based organizations  Large segment have additional quality of life concerns, including food, sufficiency, personal outside assistance, and emotional wellbeing
  9. 9. FEW Project Report RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Establish a Task Force on Filipino Elderlies that is community-led and multi-sectoral to take charge of overall policy direction, advocacy and program development for culturally appropriate services. 2. Build and enhance organizational capacity for political advocacy, grant writing and service delivery of Filipino community and seniors groups 3. Tap shared interests and resources of other ethno-racial organizations for potential collaborations and joint partner- ships in relation to elderly populations.
  10. 10. FEW Project Report RECOMMENDATIONS 4. Politicians with sizeable Filipino constituents need to take consistent leadership and coalition-building roles to advocate for the best interest of Filipino elderlies. 5. Full support of government policies that will promote the positive quality of life for all elderlies. (CPP, OAS) 6. Maintain and reinforce government policies committed to eradicating labour exploitation (women, immigrant and racialized minority workers). Redress ongoing deskilling and deprofessionalization of Filipinos and immigrants of colour.
  11. 11. FEW Project Report RECOMMENDATIONS 7. Provide more subsidized housing and create Office of Housing Ombudsperson that will address complaints and grievances of long-term and low-income elderly residents. 8. Better communication and dissemination of various elderly services and programs. Develop a partnership with Community Care Access Centres and other multi-service and healthcare providers. Create a directory of relevant agencies and services 9. Hiring and retention of more Filipino medical, social service, and mental health providers in government and community based organizations need to be a priority.
  12. 12. FEW Project Report RECOMMENDATIONS 10. Filipino and other businesses to develop a discount program for elderlies. Win-win situation will enable elderlies to purchase familiar and necessary items from ethnic business, and will help entrepreneurs entice new buyers.
  13. 13. FEW Project Report Report Dissemination Meetings with City Councillors (2013-2015)
  14. 14. Moving the FEW Project Forward
  15. 15. Toronto Seniors Strategy: 2012 to NOW Key Priorities  HOUSING & ACCOMMODATION and LONG TERM CARE  FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND SERVICE ACCESS  HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT & CULTURALLY SENSITIVE SERVICES  SAFETY, SECURITY AND LEGAL PROTECTION  SENIOR PARTICIPATION & LEADERSHIP/ADVOCACY
  16. 16. Toronto Seniors’ Forum  The Toronto Seniors' Forum was established to "give a voice to seniors not often heard.” Their dedicated members work to ensure the City of Toronto meets its commitment to provide services equitably to all senior residents.  The Forum, supported by City staff, is comprised of up to 30 volunteers, who are at least 60 years of age and are residents of Toronto. They function as a conduit for communication between the City and its senior residents and reflect the diverse geographic and social/economic aspects of seniors in Toronto.
  17. 17. KEY PRIORITIES: Toronto Seniors’ Forum HOUSING & ACCOMMODATION and LONG TERM CARE  Increase affordable housing & reduce waiting times; available stock of barrier-free housing; long-term care homes; culturally-sensitive care service FINANCIAL RESOURCES & SERVICE ACCESS  Provide fund translation services; lower cost of TTC seniors pass; availability of transportation for non-medical appointments; no fee recreation programs; reduced fees for seniors’ groups providing programming in recreation centres
  18. 18. KEY PRIORITIES: Toronto Seniors’ Forum HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT & CULTURALLY SENSITIVE SERVICES  Provide full-range dental care for low-income seniors; review & raise current financial cut-offs for access to subsidized dental care SAFETY, SECURITY & LEGAL PROTECTION  Increase Toronto Police Service for anti-fraud education programs; community programs for seniors watch; oversized street signs
  19. 19. KEY PRIORITIES: Toronto Seniors Forum SENIORS PARTICIPATION & LEADERSHIP/ADVOCACY  Increase opportunities to take part & advocate (Seniors Forum); leadership/advocacy training WHERE IS THE GAP?
  20. 20. City of Toronto Community Services  ELDERLY PERSONS/HEALTHIER LIVING/ACTIVE LIVING CENTRE  CLIENT INTERVENTION & ASSISTANCE  SOCIAL RECREATION & WELLNESS EDUCATION  COMMUNITY/CONGREGATE/COMMUNAL/GROUP DINING
  21. 21. City of Toronto Community Services  MEALS ON WHEELS/COMMUNITY KITCHENS/FOOD BANKS  HOME MAINTENANCE, SNOW SHOVELLING & LAWN CARE  TRANSPORTATION/ACCESSIBLE PARKING/WHEEL-TRANS/ TTC  COMMUNITY CENTRES/EMPLOYMENT CENTRES/VOLUNTEERING  LIBRARIES/MUSEUMS
  22. 22. FEW Project 2016 - 2021  WHAT DO WE WANT FOR OUR SENIORS?  WHAT DO WE WANT TO ACHIEVE IN 2016? Seniors Community Grant Program  Applications due March 4, 2016  Grants from $500 - $8,000
  23. 23. Seniors Community Grant Program Projects must fulfill at least one of the following priorities:  Lead to opportunities for seniors to network and become better integrated into the social fabric of their communities.  Encourage and support activities, events and programs that promote learning and the sharing of information as it relates to seniors issues.  Support activities, events and programs that embrace seniors as volunteers.  Develop plans and programs that can be shared across communities.  Develop plans and programs that allow organizations to sustain seniors’ programs over a longer period of time.
  24. 24. Sample Projects Connect, Meditate, Laugh, Learn: Seniors Path to Holistic Health and Wellness A means to offer low-income, isolated and hard-to- serve seniors access to fitness and wellness activities, information seminars about their health, technology and social media training, volunteer opportunities, music lessons and group singing. Filipino Canadian Community House Toronto $8, 000
  25. 25. Sample Projects "Let's Get Active!" Senior's Health Club To provide four seminars (Hiking, Diets, Exercise and Health Minds) and four events (Hiking, Karaoke, Dance Class and Table Tennis) to recent immigrants and senior women. Korean Canadian Cultural Association of Metropolitan Toronto North York $7,400 Inter-generational Conversational Ojibwe Opportunities for Aboriginal seniors, children and their parents to attend community-based conversational Ojibwe language programming. Mishko Bimaadziwin Family Support Services Thunder Bay $8,000
  26. 26. Sample Projects Fit and Fun! Active 55+ Swing Dance Lessons and Social Dance Professional swing dance teachers will instruct seniors, including those with ambulatory disabilities. A celebratory gala dance showcase will be performed at the end of the project. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre Toronto $7,890 Expanding Biodiversity Knowledge of Fish, Birds and Medicinal Plants Seniors will participate in educational outings to increase their existing knowledge of nature. New Credit Cultural Committee Hagersville $3,000
  27. 27. Sample Projects Seniors Engagement & Empowerment Project Computer classes to enable seniors to learn how to access the internet and the development of a resource booklet. Parkdale Community Information Centre Toronto $8,000 Card Playing To bring together Chinese, Pakistan, Indian & Ethiopian communities through playing cards - to socialize, become volunteers and become involved in community activities. Ontario Family Life Services Centre Toronto $3,000
  28. 28. FEW Project 2016 - 2021  WHAT DO WE WANT FOR OUR SENIORS?  WHAT DO WE WANT TO ACHIEVE IN 2016?  HOW DO WE WANT TO BE INVOLVED?  WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO?
  29. 29. Next Steps  Toronto Seniors Forum – Filipino representation  March 19 Age Friendly Toronto Forum - Filipino representation  Seniors Community Grants  Grant writing support  Facilities/Locations  Volunteers  Working with city staff and city councillors

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