Healthy Aging in Alberta: measuring what matters

If you are 65 and older or care about someone who is, we have an exciting opportunity for you to add your voice to Alberta Health Service’s (AHS) strategic planning. We want to listen and learn from your experiences when it comes to older adults’ health, well-being and independence. Together, we’ll talk about what’s critical to living and aging well. 

ICN is partnering with AHS to connect with Albertans to identify the most important measures of quality in AHS’s work with older adults and their supporting caregivers. The project will add a citizen or patient perspective to help select the measures that the Provincial Seniors Health and Continuing Care team in AHS uses to evaluate its work regarding healthy aging.

ICN will be hosting individual interviews and guided group conversations to learn about your experiences as older adults or as the care partner of an older adult. Participating will take two to five hours of your time, depending on what portions of the process you choose to be involved in.

All Albertans, 65+ or older, or those who care for them are invited to sign up.

If you have problems with the registration link or need help with the form, please contact michelle@imaginecitizens.ca

 

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This project is a unique opportunity to help AHS identify the most important measures of quality in their work with seniors, continuing-care clients and their supporting caregivers to improve health, well-being and independence. We want to listen and learn from your experiences and, together, talk about what’s critical to you and those you care about when it comes to living and aging well. 

 Who is behind this project? 

This project is being undertaken by Imagine Citizens Network in partnership with the team for Provincial Seniors Health and Continuing Care in AHS and the University of Alberta.  

The Seniors Health and Continuing Care team in AHS wants to ensure seniors and continuing care clients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. They are developing a strategic plan to guide their work. 

Imagine Citizens Network is an Alberta-based network of people and community-oriented partners. Our vision is a health system intentionally designed in partnership between citizens and other stakeholders to achieve the best possible experiences and outcomes for all Albertans. 

What is the opportunity and why participate?  

 AHS wants to know what matters to you and why when it comes to aging at home or in community settings such as continuing care.  

  • You’ll be adding a citizen or patient perspective to help select the measures that the Provincial Seniors Health and Continuing Care team in AHS needs to evaluate its work.  
  • By sharing your personal experiences and insights, you’ll also help ICN understand and share what matters to citizens. 

ICN is partnering with AHS to talk to Albertans and to identify a list of measures to help the Provincial Seniors Health and Continuing Care team evaluate their work in seniors’ health and/or the continuing care sector. ICN will guide this engagement project by connecting with Albertans aged 65+ and their care partners.

We’ll be hosting interviews and group conversations to learn about your experiences as older adults or as the care partner of an older adult. We want to hear your stories and your hopes around health and wellness as we age.  

This is a unique opportunity to add your voice to the direction of seniors’ wellness and the continuing care sector in Alberta. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with and hear from others from across the province.  

Who can participate? 

All Albertans 65+ or caregivers of someone who is 65+ are welcome to participate. 

Are you an older adult living at home, someone living in long term care or supportive living? Or, are you someone who has supported or is supporting an older adult?  We want to connect with you! You don’t need to be knowledgeable about the health system, health care planning, or strategy. We know you’re an expert on your wellbeing, and that’s what we want to tap into! We welcome and respect a diversity of backgrounds and lived experiences. 

What is involved? 

About 2 – 5 hours of your time depending on which aspects of the project you choose to participate in.  

Phase 1: 

First, ICN will conduct phone interviews with some individual registrants. Participants also have the option of completing a questionnaire rather than participating in an interview. You can also choose to only participate in the group conversations and skip this first phase. (Note: we will interview a limited number of participants who will be selected to represent a broad demographic range). 

Phase 2: 

Next, we’ll host a webinar for all participants so we can explain more about the project and the planning concepts behind it, and hear your thoughts about the process we have planned. 

Then, we will bring groups of participants together for discussions via interactive, online group conversations. Each participant will join in one group conversation.  

Phase 3: 

We’ll host a final online group conversation with all participants. You’ll be able to hear what other groups talked about and help refine the list of priority measures we will present to AHS.  

Ideally, you will participate all aspects of this engagement process, but we understand if you prefer to participate in only part of the process (e.g., an interview or a group conversation). You’ll have the opportunity to express your preferences when you register. 

When will it take place? 

Interviews will be conducted through the summer, and the next phases will continue through the fall. We will provide a selection of dates and times for both interviews and conversations to accommodate your preferences. 

Note: there are limited interview opportunities available, but we will work to accommodate as many people as possible within our group conversations.