Category: Aging and Gerontology (SWAG)

When a progressive model of community based care looses its values, in the name of VALUE

British experience shared by Alex Fox, with the impacts of the  use of “lowest bidder” on client community based care.

… This was not what was envisaged by disabled people and their families who developed personalisation, which was the idea that people would plan the most effective care and support when they were in control of an individual planning process which started with what a good life looked like, not with a list of low-cost services. Planning creatively in this way enables people to make best use of their own capacity and of the family and community resources available to them. That also usually results in the most independence and lowest overall cost to the state, whereas narrow price-focused processes bring missed opportunities for independence, or lead to family care breaking down. But instead of people planning a life, and then choosing the support they need to live it, care providers now compete for the individual, and an algorithm makes the choice. …

see the article here


Central Seven: a collaboration of Community Support Service agencies serving Central Ottawa — Presentation

From SWAG, Sue Walker ED of Old Forge will present their model

Navigating programs and services for older adults and adults with disabilities, caregivers and family members of seniors can be challenging. To assist in this manner, Sue Walker will present on each agency, what services are offered and how to access Community Support Services (CSS). She will talk about the magnitude of the positive impact CSS has on improving the lives of those wishing to age at home safely and with dignity. She will answer questions about catchment areas, eligibility, funding models and future investments planned for the sector.

Social Work in Aging and Gerontology (SWAG)

Thursday November 23, 3:30 PM to 5PM

Colonel By Retirement Residence

43 Aylmer Avenue (Parallel to Sunnyside near Bank Street)

Gather for World Elder Abuse Day, June 15

From Beverlee McIntosh – Nepean Rideau Osgood Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) asked that we pass this event through the SWAG network.

The agency needs financial support to keep up their good work in Ottawa. If you know of any ‘angel donors’ who are looking for a worthy cause, encourage them to attend this breakfast at the Barrhaven Legion.


Stephanie Cadieux – Speaker          Pic_Stephanie Cadieux




SWAG spotlights new avenues of research by Marjorie Silverman on carers and caregiving

SWAG wind up until Fall meeting, from Beverlee McIntosh – “Please RSVP so we know how many are coming!! Its always a nice evening of networking, socializing and education. PLEASE join us!”

THURSDAY MAY 11TH 6:30 to 9 PM


Theme: Spotlight on new avenues of Research on Carers and Caregiving

Marjorie Silverman

Speaker: Marjorie Silverman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
School of Social Work, University of Ottawa

The projects examine the everyday life experiences of carers, one from the perspective of young adults caring for older adults, and the other from the perspective of carers of people with dementia. The greater part of the presentation will focus on the experiences of carers of people with dementia in their neighbourhoods and communities. While there is growing interest in the topic of ‘dementia-friendly’ communities, there has been little Canadian research to date. What are carers’ social, relational, and practical experiences of their neighbourhoods? How are they being supported locally? Where do they go and why? Professor Silverman will talk about the innovative methods she is using to try to answer these questions. She will also share some preliminary findings, in particular as they relate to the topic of walks and the multiple purposes of local walks for carers.




Hors D’eouvres   6:30 -Talk will start shortly after 7PM

Digital life and death

I stumbled on this approach/resource via a tweet from social work tech group.   Both the tech and pod cast sites seem like a lively spot to support knowledge sharing for social workers.

Death and Grief in the Digital Age: Interview with Carla Sofka, Ph.D.

[Episode 109] Today’s episode of the Social Work Podcast is about Death and Grief in the Digital Age. I spoke with Dr. Carla Sofka, professor of Social Work at Siena College. Dr. Sofka has been studying and writing about the intersection of technology and death and grief since the earliest days of the world wide web. Her edited 2012 text, Dying, Death and Grief in an Online Universe, looks at how changes in communication technology have revolutionized the field of thanatology.

In today’s episode we talk about the role of social media in how, why, where and when, who we grieve. She shares stories of people whose loved ones have died, only to find out that because of social media they are the last to know. Carla provides some digital literacy around death and grief in the digital age. She talks about social media posts as death notifications, about establishing digital advance directives and thinking about our digital dust.

She talks about STUG reactions which are Sudden Temporary Upsurges of Grief. I had never heard of a STUG reaction, but I actually had one during our conversation. You’ll hear me talk about college friend of mine who died several years ago and during the interview start to tear up as I recalled getting a Facebook notification that it was her birthday.  We then talked about internet ghosts, memorial pages, memorial trolls, how and when people should respond to death notices online and what that means for the loved ones. She suggests that just as we provide sex education to kids, we should be providing death education.  She also recommends including technology assessment in the standard biopsychosocialspiritual assessment. We ended our conversation talking about resources for mental health professionals who want to learn more.

The Social Work Podcast

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Social Work Tech 

Social Work Tech

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To empower personal and professional development of helping professionals through the use of technology.


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SWAG meeting – Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa (GPCSO): Mental Health Support for Community-Based Seniors

SWAG’s next meeting–




43 AYLMER AVENUE near Bank and Sunnyside (3 hr on street parking)


Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa (GPCSO):
Mental Health Support for Community-Based Seniors

Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa (GPCSO) offers vital mental health services and supports to Ottawa seniors who live independently or with caregivers.

GPCSO social workers Amanda Masterson and Tiffany Dugas will present on services and supports offered by GPCSO to seniors living in Ottawa, in addition to the ways social workers can assist their clients in accessing these supports.