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dc.contributor.authorMoore, Sharon L.
dc.descriptionIn May/June 2012, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing, entitled ‘Ageing Connects’. As noted on the IFA website “it is taking place during the greatest demographic upheaval in the world’s history – the juncture between globalisation, urbanisation and population ageing. In the twenty years since the first IFA conference in India in 1992, the average life expectancy in the Czech Republic has increased by nearly 7% with a corresponding improvement in health status of older people in this region. Notwithstanding these improvements, today there are now more people globally living in poverty; family caregivers are an essential and expected partner in the health care system; and workforce trends across generations are volatile, as are the debates around social pensions and financial protection Despite the growing understanding of the role older people play in the day-to-day life of communities and society – even in the gravest times of natural and man-made disasters – there is a lingering and pervasive stigma toward older people which often results in a violation of their rights. This may also be marked by the lack of sound and proactive government policies and limited evaluation of promising programs. Furthermore there is a paucity of mechanisms to exchange information and learn from one another to the extent that we are able to help shape and influence future policy with the legitimate engagement of older people. Through the conference program the protection of human rights was expressed as the fundamental prerequisite to an effective response to population ageing. Equally critical is the recognition of important contributions older people make to the broader social and economic productivity of a nation. “Ageing Connects” provided an opportunity for the development and strengthening of powerful alliances” as academics, researchers and practitioners gathered together from across the world to share knowledge, expertise and to learn from each other.en
dc.description.abstractA project designed to focus on hope for residents was implemented in an ongoing support group in a long-term care facility in Western Canada. Because seniors frequently enter a care center when there has been a decline in function it is imperative to provide the necessary resources to enable them to maintain as much functional status as possible and to ensure an adequate quality of life. Hope is about envisioning a future in which they would be willing to participate, even in the face of adverse circumstances. With hope they are more willing to try things and risk participating in the programs offered. Without it they feel at the mercy of circumstances and can slip into depression. This project was implemented based on the belief that hope is a necessary element for seniors to achieve and maintain a good quality of life. An eight session pilot project (offered twice monthly) was delivered to residents who were members of an already existing small group. Each session focused intentionally on strategies that were designed to enhance hope. During the group sessions, residents explored their own understanding and conceptions of hope and participated in activities designed to foster hope. Residents were interviewed prior to and after the completion of the eight sessions regarding their understandings of hope and how the sessions impacted them. Hope focused strategies that were used will be presented. Since this project will be implemented during the winter of 2012 (February-May), preliminary findings will be presented.en
dc.subjectHope aging groupen
dc.subjectFoster Hopeen
dc.subjectLong-term care facilityen
dc.subjectPrograms offereden
dc.titleHope in Day to Day Living of Residents in Long-term Careen

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