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During Finding Home™ dialogues on Elder financial abuse in the North Shore, participants explored one of the important prevention strategies is for seniors to learn about personal power. As a result, dialogue participants Glenys McMillan and Bette Rumble decided to develop a seminar and write a flyer entitled “Personal Power for Elders and Seniors”.

Bette Rumbles shares her story about confronting a con artist

Bette Rumble shares her story about confronting a con artist

Read about what Glenys and Bette write about personal power…..

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During the Finding Home™ Afghan seniors dialogues, hosted by Immigrant Services Society of BC, participants explored the changing role of elders in their community, shared experiences respect versus disrespect, and generated solutions for addressing these challenges. Following the Finding Home™ Afghan seniors dialogues on Elder Financial Abuse, the dialogue participants worked with puppet theatre artist Tamara Unroe and have created a remarkable show on the dynamics of elder financial and related abuse in their own communities. Early this year, they will be presenting at Voices of Burnaby Seniors, a BCACRN forum and at our project celebration and closing event.

Afghan Seniors Make Puppets

Afghan Seniors Make Puppets

During Finding Home™ South Asian Punjabi seniors’ dialogues at South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, participants explored the root cause of Elder financial abuse in their communities. They all agreed one of the root causes was raising boys to be selfish. As they explored the different ways girls and boys are treated and taught in their community, they realized there are several ceremonies to celebrate boys and men’s long lives and health but not the equivalent for girls and women. Consequently, this dynamic group of seniors have decided to start the first Sisters and Daughters Day to celebrate South Asian Punjabi girls long lives and health. Their goal is to promote equality and nurture values such as kindness and caring in both girls and boys. The first ceremony will be held on June 30th 2011 at Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver.

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South Asian Punjabi Seniors plan new Sisters & Daughters Day


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Greater Victoria dialogue participant, Lynne Trace, was moved by a Finding Home™ dialogue session about the costs of not belonging and the overwhelming number of seniors who feel lonely. She, with input from other dialogue participants, wanted to move her new awareness into action, through reaching out to lonely or isolated seniors and assisting them with practical tools for making new friends. She decided that no one wants to be thought of as lonely or isolated so she needed to think of a creative approach that respects people’s sense of dignity. She came up with a wonderful flyer and seminar called Social Skills For Shy Seniors that offers practical tips on how to make and maintain new connections. Download her flyer HERE to learn more….

Lynn Trace (left) innovates Social Skills for Shy Seniors with input from other dialogue participants

Lynn Trace (left) innovates Social Skills for Shy Seniors with input from other dialogue participants


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Greater Victoria Seniors Dialogue – Home Matters

In July, a dedicated group of seniors from Vancouver Island gathered for a Finding Home™ seniors’ dialogue series hosted by Eldercare Foundation, Vancouver Island Health Authority and Saanich Parks and Recreation. Dialogue participants explored the meaning of home, making connection with others and life transitions. They decided to turn their new awareness into action and have started Conversation Cafes for seniors on topics such as staying healthy, transitions, housing and loneliness, throughout the Greater Victoria area. Their Conversation Cafes are held at restaurants, recreation and community centres, apartment buildings, and seniors’ residences. For more information contact: Elizabeth.McCarter@viha.ca

Conversation Cafes


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How To Deal With Transitions

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Greater Victoria Seniors Dialogue – Home Matters

Our first Finding Home™ seniors dialogue series on Elder Financial Abuse was with a multicultural seniors group. The dialogues were hosted by North Shore Neighbourhood House and John Braithwaite Community Centre. During the dialogues participants explored the meaning of home, ways family members can take advantage of seniors, and strategies to prevent elder financial abuse. Out of the dialogues they have started a phenomenal Victims To Champions Seniors Speakers Bureau and have already spoken at Seniors Day, North Shore Services To Seniors Coalition, North Shore police, City Council, and have several other speaking gigs lined up. In addition, they have created a flyer on ‘Tips on Personal Power’ for seniors and are currently working on a video project.

Applause for Champions Speakers on the North Side

Applause for Victims to Champions Speakers on the North Side

Check out the Victims to Champions mural..
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During Finding Home™ Iranian Seniors Dialogues at John Braithwaite Community Centre and the North Shore Neighbourhood House, dialogue participants shared stories about the meaning of home, how to live well together, and tips for newcomer Iranians on how to create home in Canada. Throughout the dialogues, participants expressed the importance rivers play in creating home for them. One dialogue participant broke into song about the Karoun River in southern Iran and told us that all human beings should see this river, because once you see this river you will know the love of the world. Consequently, we hosted their celebrating success event at a local North Shore river, where the seniors, sang, read poetry, danced, gave speeches and shared food. Now these creative and inspiring seniors are busy preparing for BC Rivers Day where they hope to share their love of rivers with the wider community.

Iranian Seniors Finding Home Dialogue Participants

Iranian Seniors Finding Home™ Dialogue Participants


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During South Asian Punjabi Seniors Finding Home™ dialogues, participants identified raising their sons to be selfish is one of the root cause of elder financial abuse in their communities. They offer tips on how to prevent selfishness and greed from taking root by teaching kindness and caring to both boys and girls at an early age. Read more to learn about their tips and strategies….

South Asian Punjabi Seniors Finding Home™ Dialogue Participants

South Asian Punjabi Seniors Finding Home™ Dialogue Participants

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During every Finding Home dialogue whether it is with seniors, newcomers or youth, loneliness is always identified as a priority issue. I was just introduced to Tanya Davis’ new video: How To Be Alone. It is a wonderful video that goes beyond the usual solutions to loneliness. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7X7sZzSXYs

Read on for Tanya Davis’s poem on ‘How To Be Alone’

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On Monday, English CBC Radio, aired interviews they conducted at our Elder Financial Abuse Awareness Dialogue Project Launch and incorporated tips multicultural North Shore seniors came up with for moving past embarrassment during this Fall’s Finding Home dialogues.

Listen to the interview and hear what Kamlesh Sethi and Kelly Ip have to say on Elder abuse in ethno-cultural communities:

http://www.rcinet.ca/english/column/the-link-s-top-stories/10-08_2010-11-02-elderly-newcomers-learn-to-protect-themselves-against-financial-abuse/

Lorn Curry from CBC Interviews Jessie Sutherland at Project Launch

Lorn Curry from CBC Interviews Jessie Sutherland, Kelly IP and Kamlesh Sethi from the Elder Financial Abuse Awareness Dialogue Project Launch

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