Brock research institute releases report on seniors in Niagara

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Brock research institute releases report on seniors in Niagara

Published on September 24 2009

Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) is set to launch its latest policy brief, which looks at issues affecting seniors in Niagara.

Findings from the eight-page brief, “Seniors in Niagara: Creating Age-Friendly Communities,” include demographic and needs analyses as well as recommendations for making the region’s cities and communities accessible to all. The study is a combination of statistical analysis and results from discussions with seniors and personnel from community agencies working with seniors.

The brief will be available online tomorrow Friday, Sept. 25 on the Observatory’s website:

On Thursday, Oct.1, the NCO will host a community forum and panel discussion to mark the launch the brief. The event coincides with UN International Day of Older Persons and will take place at the Rose City Seniors’ Activity Centre, 145 Lincoln St., Welland, Ont.

A light continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m., and the presentation of the brief and panel discussion runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The panel includes:

  • Steve Cino, Alumni Co-ordinator, Niagara College
  • Laurie Harley, Past Director, Diversity and Workplace Programs, IBM
  • Doug Rapelje, Past Director, Social Services and Seniors Citizens Dept., Region of Niagara
  • Kirk Weaver, Planner, Region of Niagara

This event is free and open to the public.
Guests are asked to register by contacting 905-688-5550 x3481 or

The focus of the NCO is Niagara-specific research and its findings are intended to be a catalyst for discussion and action on the challenges and opportunities facing the region. The group conducts comprehensive in-depth academic research and community-oriented analyses on a wide range of local cultural, economic, environmental and social issues.

For more information, please contact David Siegel, Director, Niagara Community Observatory, Brock University, at 905-688-5550 x3481;


david siegel

David Siegel, director, Niagara Community Observatory