Toolkits

A variety of toolkits are available on a range of topics that support healthier and more inclusive communities. These toolkits provide useful resources, activities, information, and ideas to help with starting new programs, convening conversations, training, or other local efforts focused on healthy aging.

Toolkits:

COVID-19 

Telephone-based and Virtual Seniors Programming - The Alberta Seniors' Centre Without Walls toolkit provides a step by step guide to planning, establishing, running and evaluating telephone-based and virtual seniors programming for homebound or isolated seniors. 

Event and Safety Alliance Reopening Guide - The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers. 

Guidelines for Working Remotely - This toolkit was developed by the Tamarack Institute (a Canadian remote-based organization) to support organizations and workers that are transitioning to working remotely due to COVID-19. It provides tips and strategies that organizations can use to to overcome challenges associated with physical distancing.

COVID-19 Response Toolkit for Event Management and Fundraising - This toolkit helps organizations quickly set up a basic response to changes due to COVID-19 and offers ways to maintain fundraising efforts and change peer-to-peer activities to virtual events. 

Postponing a Volunteer Program - How to communicate with your volunteers - It is important for organizations to communicate effectively with their volunteers to ensure continued engagement beyond COVID-19. This short toolkit offers some tips.

Trauma-Informed Collective TIC Toolkit - With the COVID-19 pandemic, the TIC Collective has come together to create a toolkit to help us better understand and manage our own stress, while allowing us to better support each other. Learn more.

Others

Age Friendly Communication – Facts, Tips and Ideas  - How well you communicate with your senior audience contributes to how well you meet their needs. This guide offers practical and easy-to-follow advice, tips and additional sources of information to help you communicate clearly and effectively.

Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities: A Guide - While the majority of Canadians live in urban settings, a large proportion of seniors still live in rural or remote areas—hence the focus of this guide on rural and remote communities.

Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide  - The purpose of this guide is to engage cities to become more age-friendly so as to tap the potential that older people represent for humanity. It describes the converging trends of rapid growth of the population over 60 years of age and of urbanization, outlines the challenge facing cities, and summarizes the research process that led to identifying the core features of an age-friendly city

Transportation Toolkit for the Implementation of Alternate Transportation Services in Alberta - Medically At-Risk Drivers (MARD) Centre, in collaboration with a number of stakeholders including the Ministry of Seniors and Housing, has developed a Toolkit to assist municipalities and community organizations in building and sustaining an Alternate Transportation for Seniors (ATS) service in their region or community.

Allies in Aging: Volunteer Training Modules  - Training can help volunteers and service providers better identify seniors who are isolated, understand their needs, and connect them with appropriate services and resources. Topics include: Exploring Risk Factors; Anxiety and Stress; Understanding Dementia; Exploring Depression & Delirium; Exploring Diversity & Inclusion; Moving Through Grief & Loss; and Preparing for End of Life.

The Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit - The Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit will equip you with essential information about the Compassionate Community framework and tools to rally people in your community. It consists of the following:

  • A facilitator guide that provides information on what a Compassionate Community is and shares examples
  • Ready-to-use tools for holding stakeholder meetings
  • Videos on why and how to start a Compassionate Community
  • Ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation slides to share key information on Compassionate Communities

Gaining Momentum: A FrameWorks Communications Toolkit - This toolkit focuses on changing public thinking about aging, and provides a variety of helpful communications approaches and tools to use when talking about aging.

Men's Sheds: Shed Start-up Toolkit  - This toolkit provides practical tips and information for individuals or groups who want to start a Men’s Shed. Whether you are starting a Men’s Shed through an existing organization or as an individual or group of friends, this toolkit will provide some of the basic how-to as you move toward getting your shed started. Access Toolkit here.

Resilient Streets Toolkit- The How-to Guide for Building Community - This toolkit is designed to help you and your neighbours start making your street, building or block more resilient through fun, hands-on projects, with a focus on activities that can be done by small groups of people with few resources

PEARLS: The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) - This is a national evidence-based program for late-life depression developed by the University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center. PEARLS brings high quality mental health care into community-based settings that reach vulnerable older adults. During six to eight sessions that take place in the client’s home and focus on brief behavioral techniques, PEARLS counselors empower individuals to take action and make lasting changes so they can lead more active and rewarding lives.

​Social Isolation of Seniors - Volume II: Ideas exchange event toolkit  - This toolkit is meant to help people and organizations host effective meetings to exchange ideas and respond to the social isolation of seniors in their communities. It contains tools, templates and support resources for hosting an ideas exchange event to:

  • help people and groups to share knowledge about the social isolation of seniors
  • build and strengthen relationships in communities
  • create opportunities for working together to address the social isolation of seniors in the community

There are also three Toolkit supplements:

  1. A Focus on Indigenous Seniors in Canada
  2. A Focus on LGBTQ Seniors in Canada
  3. A Focus on New Immigrant and Refugee Seniors in Canada

Background for this Toolkit: Social Isolation of Seniors - Volume 1: Understanding the issue and finding solutions