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Learning from the Lived Experiences of Immigrant Older Adults

Goal: Three themed stakeholder forums that use the Lived Experiences photovoice exhibit as a springboard for discussions with policy and other decision-makers to effect change in their spheres of influence. Themes include (1) Disability, Housing, and Transportation (Dec 3, 2018; (2) Resilience, Social Connection and Community Organization (Feb 19, 2019); (3) Caregiving, Family and Homecare (Feb 26, 2019) – guest speaker: BC Senior’s Advocate. Organized in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (1) and the United Way of the Lower Mainland (2 & 3). Parallel forums held in Calgary, Montreal and Quebec City.

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This report presents the results of a series of Stakeholder Outreach Forums held over 2018-19 in four regions across Canada – Greater Montréal, Québec City, Calgary, and Greater Vancouver. The outreach forums provided an opportunity for discussion of issues faced by aging immigrants in Canada. The forums built upon a SSHRC Insight Development Grant titled Intersecting Identities and Interlocking Oppressions, led by Drs. Shari Brotman, Sharon Koehn, and Ilyan Ferrer. This research resulted in the development of a narrative photovoice exhibit entitled The Lived Experiences of Aging Immigrants. Our outreach forums brought together stakeholders from multiple sectors to share information and strategize about the actions necessary to improve recognition and support for aging immigrants. Strategic theme areas were chosen for the forums in consultation with community partners, based on findings from the research project. The Lived Experiences of Aging Immigrants photo exhibit and short presentations by key community leaders served as a catalyst for discussions at the forums. The discussions at the forums drew on participants’ decades of knowledge and action around various forms of exclusion and precarity experienced by older immigrants. This report summarizes discussions at the forums on four key theme areas: (1) caregiving; (2) social inclusion; (3) housing; and (4) transportation. The purpose of this report is to provide insight into common problems faced by older immigrants in urban areas in Canada and to inform community action and policymaking at municipal and provincial levels of governance.
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Participants in the Caregiving, Family, and Homecare forum identified complex and mutually reinforcing barriers to the health and social care needed by immigrant older adults. While it is true that many immigrants feel that care should be provided to older adults within the familial context this tends to place additional pressure on women in these families to deliver that care, since care work is gendered, underpaid and unrecognized. Moreover, health care providers must not assume that older immigrants have family members to provide that care, since many do not. Finally, many older immigrants do not qualify for home care because of immigration regulations, although there is variation across jurisdictions. Inequitable access impedes timely and appropriate care.
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On December 3rd, 2018, a diverse group of 25 stakeholders attended the Disability, Housing and Transportation Forum hosted by the Lived Experiences research team in Vancouver. This forum used the photovoice exhibit, The Lived Experience of Aging Immigrants, to springboard facilitated discussions on the topics of disability, housing, and transportation in relation to immigrant older adults. This site report for the Vancouver Disability, Housing and Transportation Forum summarizes the key themes and ideas that were discussed during the forum for each theme (disability, housing, and transportation) and the final concluding discussion that occurred at the end of the forum. Discussion of the individual themes occurred as a part of World Café style discussions, where small groups of 5-6 people discussed each theme. The concluding discussion at the end of the forum consisted of a larger group discussion.
On February 19, 2019, a diverse group of stakeholders attended the Resilience, Social Connection and Community Organization Forum hosted by the Lived Experiences Vancouver research team. This forum used the photovoice exhibit, The Lived Experience of Aging Immigrants, to springboard facilitated discussions on the topics of resilience, social connection, and community organization in relation to immigrant older adults. This site report for the Vancouver Resilience, Social Connection and Community Organization Forum summarizes the key themes and ideas that were discussed during the forum for each theme (resilience, social connection, and community organization) and the final concluding discussion that occurred at the end of the forum. Discussion of the individual themes occurred as a part of World Café style conversations, where groups of 4-7 people discussed each theme. The concluding discussion at the end of the forum consisted of a larger group discussion.
On February 26, 2019, a diverse group of stakeholders attended the Caregivers, Family and Home Care Forum hosted by the Lived Experiences Vancouver research team. This forum used the photovoice exhibit, The Lived Experience of Aging Immigrants, to springboard facilitated discussions on the topics of caregivers, family and home care in relation to immigrant older adults. This site report for the Greater Vancouver Caregivers, Family and Home Care Forum summarizes the key themes and ideas that were discussed during the forum for each theme (caregivers, family and home care ) and the final concluding discussion that occurred at the end of the forum. Discussion of the individual themes occurred as a part of World Café style conversations, where groups of 6-8 people discussed each theme. The concluding discussion at the end of the forum consisted of a larger group discussion.
Sharon Koehn
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Three themed stakeholder forums that use the Lived Experiences photovoice exhibit as a springboard for discussions with policy and other decision-makers to effect change in their spheres of influence. Themes include (1) Disability, Housing, and Transportation (Dec 3, 2018; (2) Resilience, Social Connection and Community Organization (Feb 19, 2019); (3) Caregiving, Family and Homecare (Feb 26, 2019) – guest speaker: BC Senior’s Advocate. Organized in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (1) and the United Way of the Lower Mainland (2 & 3). Parallel forums held in Calgary, Montreal and Quebec City.