Althea and I decided to raise awareness on the topic of well-being and aging. It’s August, good summer weather. Who doesn’t want to be in a state of well-being this time of year? We found that it’s not easy to define what well-being is. There are no metrics. The dictionary’s “state of being comfortable, healthy or happy” doesn’t confirm the “social determinants” of public policy or goals some individuals strive for in wellbeing. If I don’t run a marathon or lift weights or volunteer with 4 charities, does this mean I am not in a state of well-being? Does my 85 year old friend living with chronic cancer and actively gardening, driving seniors to appointments and baking for her granddaughter’s school mean she is in ill health?
We learned that living with a disease or disability does not mean you missed the land of well-being. Hearing loss does not deprive one of well-being unless not wearing hearing aids leads to social isolation. Making a decision not to use a walker for balance can alter the state of well-being with a fall. By looking at an older person, can I judge whether they are in a state of wellbeing or not? We also discovered that wellbeing is very subjective. Still there are some things that must be in place for everyone’s well-being…good hydration practices, healthy nutrition, adequate sleep, social interaction, physical activity and financial stability…are all components which we must have.
It took 3 years before representatives from NS, NB, Province of Canada with British support created Canada in 1867. This is very much the Canadian way – working together over the past 150 years instead of through violence.
Not every Canadian government change was without bloodshed. There were the Red River and North West Region rebellions against the insurgency of the government. The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 supported by more than 25,000 workers resulted in a tragic event known as Bloody Sunday. October 1970, Canada had its own crisis as a result of 2 kidnapped government staff by the FLQ, a separatist group in Quebec.
In comparison to our neighbours to the south, Canadians’ prefer change through discussion, lobbying or advocacy. Lobbying attempts to influence legislation whereas advocacy argues in favor of a cause or idea.
Ontario Society of Senior Citizens’ Organizations /La Société des Organisations des Citoyens Aînés de l’Ontario (OSSCO/SOCAO)
OSSCO/SOCAO is a provincially registered charity. Our tag line "Seniors transforming Ontario through wisdom, insight and experience" reflects our mission and membership.
Founded in 1986, our goal is to improve the quality of life for Ontario seniors through educational programs, research and public policy awareness. Member organizations and individuals represent senior citizen networks, alliances, groups as well as the non-profit, government and private sector organizations who support the diverse and multicultural seniors community.