Maurice Voisin on Aging-in-Place

The pandemic we have all experienced over the past year has reaffirmed to me the important role local associations for community living have in supporting people with disabilities in the community. I would like to share the journey we had with a gentleman we supported for over twenty years at our agency – South-East Grey Support Services. This gentleman was … Read More

An Illusion of Care

Linda Till in her role as a policy advisor to Seniors for Social Action Ontario (SSAO) is quite qualified to comment on the illusion of care in the long-term care sector. Linda witnessed first-hand the effects of institutionalization in the 1980s on children with disabilities in Homes for Special Care when she worked for CLO. Linda deconstructs the myth of high-intensity … Read More

Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Aging-in-Place

Judith Sandys, a long-time educator, advocate and thoughtful leader in the community living movement writes about the power of “assumptions” in determining the kind of life a vulnerable person may get to live out. Sandys calls out the danger of limiting assumptions that may put people in harm’s way. The relationship between how one thinks and how one treats another … Read More

Imagining Better: The Power of Aging in Place

Kay Wigle is a local association board member, social activist, and former Coordinator of the DSW program at Fanshawe College in London (retired). In this week’s Aging-in-Place series, Wigle raises the thorny question about the acceptance of long-term care placement as a normative part of the aging process. She challenges this orthodoxy for everyone, but especially for people who have a … Read More

Imagining Better: The Power of Aging in Place

In this week’s Supporting Aging-in-Place story, well-known community living researcher, activist, author and speaker Dr. John Lord writes through the lived experience of his parental role as he discusses the crisis in Ontario’s long-term care system. Expressing both joy and worry for his daughter, John reminds us of the concern shared by all parents – the uncertain future for their children. With … Read More

Community Living Ajax Pickering and Whitby Reflects on What It Means to Age-in-Place

Community Living Ajax Pickering Whitby (CLAPW) offer a profound definition of “aging-in-place” and share with us their knowledge of and commitment to what it takes to support people lifelong. Lisa McNee Baker, Executive Director, describes the association’s work with end of life and hospice care, the need to tailor supports to people as they age, as well as recent efforts to … Read More

Community Living London Learns to Anticipate Changing Needs as People Age

Our exploration of aging-in-place continues this week with a look at some of the remarkable work being done by Community Living London (CLL) to keep the people it supports out of long-term care. We spoke to Executive Director Michelle Palmer and Accommodation Services Manager Aileen Watt about CLL’s approach to supporting people as they age. To help people age-in-place, CLL makes every effort to be as flexible as possible to accommodate people’s needs as they get older. One … Read More

Rygiel Supports for Community Living Stays True to Its Principles to Allow People to Age in Place

When discussing what can be done to reform long-term care, it’s easy to focus on what we’re doing wrong. People who have a disability, many of them young, continue to be dumped in long-term care facilities ill-equipped to meet their needs. Our elders – with and without disabilities – are too often stripped of their autonomy and forced into crowded, potentially dangerous congregate settings. Yet the future of long-term care may be closer than we imagine: Innovative … Read More

Ontario’s Long-Term Care Tragedy

With a good circle of friends and supporters, some home and health care and a very committed local association, Gordon Ferguson, a long-time self-advocate and People First member was assured of his wish to stay at home during his final years of failing health. Douglas Cartan, one of his friends, remembers Gordon and talks about the need for life-long community … Read More

It’s Time to Shift Our Thinking on Long-Term Care

John Lord, an order of Canada recipient, is a researcher and author living in Waterloo. He is the author of several books, including “Pathways to Inclusion: Building a New Story with People and Communities.” He is a member of Seniors for Social Action Ontario.Dr. John Lord’s recent opinion piece in The Record is a clarion call to rethink elder care in this province. … Read More