BULLETIN D'INFORMATION DE LA CSSSPNQL




  • BE AWARE OF OUR ELDERS’ FUNDAMENTAL NEEDS AND DEVELOP MEASURES TO FOSTER THEIR WELFARE
déc. 14, 2015

To everything there is a season, with its own share of beauty and greatness. The later years in life, as in fall, is a time of maturation, of harvest. And just as fall shares with us the generous bounty of the land and forest, our elders, who have born witness to life and to culture, pass on to us their wealth of knowledge, learnings and teachings.

In the brief Our Elders... Our Identity, presented to the Secrétariat aux aînés by the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) and the FNQLHSSC during the public consultations on the living conditions of seniors in 2007, four fundamental needs were identified. Although a number of years have since passed, these needs remain the same and should never be far from our thoughts. These needs are:

  • *To live in a safe and familiar environment with their family and friends
  • *To obtain the support and care needed to maintain their independence as long as possible
  • *To acknowledge their experience
  • *To allow them to contribute voluntarily to family and community life through their teachings

 

We should remind ourselves of these needs, as they are fundamental to our elders’ well-being. How can we foster, reinforce or even prompt new initiatives to meet these needs?

 

Please share the initiatives your community has put in place to meet one or more of these needs. The ingenuity and creativity of the ideas you share could potentially be the spark needed for others to create new projects and help improve the well-being of our elders.  

 

To live in a safe and familiar environment with their family and friends. How are elders encouraged to protect themselves from falling?___________To remember to take their medications as prescribed? ______________________________How are they encouraged to do physical activity?_______________________________________________

 

To obtain the support and care needed to maintain their independence for as long as possible. How are elders kept informed of the services made available to them to help them remain independent?_____________________________________________________________

 

To acknowledge their experience. How can we highlight our elders’ experiences?_______

 

To allow them to contribute voluntarily to family and community life through their teachings. What type of opportunities should be seized to allow elders to share their knowledge? ______________When and where can elders get involved to share the traditional methods of crafts, trapping, hunting, etc.?__________________________

 

Please share your initiatives, suggestions and expectations for ensuring the well-being of our elders with the FNQLHSSC by contacting Édith Picard at 418-842-1540, or at epicard@cssspnql.com.