About Us

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Hamilton Aging in Community

Our group (founded in 2013) is an aging-in-community group of community-minded individuals, mostly between our mid50s and our mid80s, residing in the Hamilton area. One member lives in a retirement home; quite a number have downsized to condo homes or seniors buildings. We are committed to learn and inform others about housing alternatives and other mutual support strategies for maturing adults and seniors. We are committed to get to know each other and to rely on each other in times of need.

What We Do

Since 2014, Hamilton Aging in Community (previous name: Hamilton Aging Together) has sponsored an annual community event in seniors’ month to promote Aging in Community approaches in Hamilton. These resilient aging events have been cosponsored by Hamilton Council on Aging and Age-Friendly Hamilton.  These events have focused on Mutual Support, Seniors Cohousing, Home Sharing, and Strengthening Connections for Older Adults in Faith Communities.

Members of Hamilton Aging in Community have been invited to speak about social participation and aging in community by the Hamilton Council on Aging, the Hamilton Seniors Advisory Committee, Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre, Halton Seniors Advisory Committee, and various programs at McMaster University.

Our Team

The website team – leadership of Hamilton Aging in Community – includes Ellen Ryan, Loretta Jaunzarins, and Sarah Ayerst (website host).

ELLEN RYAN
ELLEN RYANLeader of Hamilton Aging Together
Ellen Ryan, a gerontologist and semi-retired professor, sees later life as a time of opportunity for reflection, creativity, growth, connectedness, and contribution. She has been invited to speak about social participation and aging in community internationally and by Hamilton Council on Aging, Hamilton Third Age Learning, Hamilton Seniors Advisory Committee, Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre, Halton Seniors Advisory Committee, Na’amat Hamilton (Jewish Women’s Group), local churches, and various programs at McMaster University. See her nine-minute video on Aging in Community and also her website Writing Aging and Spirit website.
LORETTA JAUNZARINS
LORETTA JAUNZARINSPrincipal Investigator for Hamilton Aging in Community Grant
Loretta Jaunzarins has been pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, Hamilton since 2005. Over the years she has developed a keen interest in alternative housing and the role faith communities can play in being active participants in meeting the needs of congregational members and the local community. Her vision is to see faith communities as neighbourhood hubs providing space for a variety of community groups and other congregations. Her passion is to encourage faith communities to go beyond being welcoming to being learning centres where people gather to learn about physical and spiritual health especially in the aging process.
SARAH AYERST
SARAH AYERSTWebsite Host
Sarah Ayerst, living in extended family and cooperative housing for decades has built a base of experience that informs her practical approach to aging in community. As both a professional and volunteer, she has cared for clients and family members with brain-injury and physical impairments. Her most treasured accomplishments were supporting people with impairments to feel as enabled and in control of their lives as possible. As an active volunteer in social justice and community building, her core passion is research and development of housing that encourages interdependence between neighbours and generations. Sarah has a broad multi-disciplinary background including business owner and working overseas with a relief and development organization.