A Vision for Enabling Ageing Well in Ontario

OSOT’s Senior Advisory Council (SAC) and AGE-WELL, Canada’s Technology and Aging Network, have partnered to advance the Society’s vision of ageing well in Ontario. A Vision for Enabling Ageing Well in Ontario aims to promote the value of using an occupational lens to respond to the needs of a growing senior citizen population. Accordingly, the project focuses on profiling the work that occupational therapists are doing and/or could be doing to enable ageing well across the occupational transitions experienced by senior citizens. These transitions include retirement, driving cessation, changes to social relationships, entering institutional care, end of life, etc. 

What is the project?
  • To profile the work that occupational therapists are doing to enable transitions, SAC has proposed a dynamic web portal called En-AGE (Enabling Aging, Growth and Engagement).
  • The web portal will contain downloadable modules focusing on individual life course occupational transitions experienced by older adults.  
  • The En-AGE portal will feature both research evidence and compelling stories that highlight the impact occupational therapists can have in supporting seniors in their homes and communities across life transitions. 
What do we hope to achieve?
  • To increase older adults’ and caregivers’ awareness of occupational therapy services and create a demand
  • To provide accessible information to policy makers to promote the need for continued and expanded funding of OT services
  • To inspire occupational therapists to develop innovative ways to better respond to older adults’ needs by applying this framework in practice, advocacy and promotional activities
What have we been up to?
  • Amongst the list of modules that the project will develop, two, namely driving cessation and becoming a caregiver, have been identified to commence with first
  • Outlines for these modules have been developed and are in the process of being finalized using feedback from older adults, caregivers, clinicians and academics.We are currently seeking older adults, clinicians and academics to become engaged in sharing their knowledge, experience and stories of impact of occupational therapy in supporting life transitions of older adults. 
  • Stay tuned! You will soon see us on social media!  Look for posts with the hashtag #EnAGE and you’ll begin to recognize us!

 Do you have stories of the impact occupational therapists can have
in supporting older adults as they navigate life transitions? 
We want to hear your story!
It’s easy to get involved.  Contact our Project Coordinator, Dr. Sachindri Wijekoon at swijekoon@osot.on.ca. 

This project reflects the vision and strategic work of the Society's Seniors Advisory Council, chaired by Dr. Barry Trentham. Council members include:  Barbara Cawley, Dr. Catherine Donnelly, Dr. Mary Egan, Dr. Lori Letts, Dr. Colleen McGrath, Aaron Yuen, Dr. Briana Zur and Christie Brenchley.  The Council functions as the advisory body for the project. Dr. Sachi Wijekoon is a post-doctoral fellow and project coordinator