Michelle Porter is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, and Director of the Centre on Aging, at the University of Manitoba. She received her PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. Her research broadly falls within the area of mobility and aging – more specifically she has studied exercise and aging, as well as older drivers. She has been and continues to be engaged in several boards, locally, provincially and nationally (in Canada) such as Active Aging Canada, and the Transportation Options Network for Seniors. At the University of Manitoba, she chairs the Age-Friendly University Committee, and is a co-chair of the Coalition for the Healthy Aging in Manitoba.
Coalition for Healthy Aging in Manitoba – Advancing the Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health
In response to the World Health Organization’s Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health (GSAP), a coalition was formed in the province of Manitoba, in 2016. The Coalition for Healthy Aging in Manitoba (CHAM) brings together older adults, academics, healthcare practitioners, seniors organizations, and municipal workers. The objective of CHAM is to promote multi-sector action in Manitoba on healthy ageing, using the GSAP. Working groups have been formed around the Strategic Objectives of the GSAP: 1) Age-friendly environments; 2) Aligning health systems to the needs of older populations and developing systems for providing long-term care; 3) Measuring, monitoring and understanding. In addition, the lead group is responsible for the Strategic Objective of Commitment to Action on Healthy Ageing. Coalition activities have included: 1) engagement events with older adults, researchers, students and practitioners, and 2) advocacy with provincial, national and international entities. This presentation will outline the steps taken to form the coalition, activities of the coalition, and overall findings from consultations. In particular, results from a May 2017 workshop will be presented, along with a submission to the Canadian government regarding their study on advancing inclusion and quality of life for seniors.