Seniors

Patients’ memories sparked by the soundtrack of their lives

Patients’ memories sparked by the soundtrack of their lives

Patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s re-connect through Music and Memory, a program soon to be launched in Victoria

Patients’ memories sparked by the soundtrack of their lives
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix (B.C. government)

LETTER: Seniors home care, day programs expanding, Adrian Dix says

B.C. health minister responds to latest Seniors Advocate report

  • Jan 23, 2019
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix (B.C. government)
Vancouver Island, Okanagan and Kootenays have the highest proportion of seniors. (Seniors Advocate)

Home care declines as B.C. senior population grows, advocate says

More deferring property tax, using rent subsidy to stay at home

Vancouver Island, Okanagan and Kootenays have the highest proportion of seniors. (Seniors Advocate)
Residents at the Amica Somerset House pack up gift baskets for low-income seniors as a part of the Helping Hands initiative. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria seniors pack Christmas baskets for peers in need

Residents of Amica Houses pack more than 300 gift baskets for seniors living in poverty

Residents at the Amica Somerset House pack up gift baskets for low-income seniors as a part of the Helping Hands initiative. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Health Minister Adrian Dix and Mental Health Minister Judy Darcy wait to introduce bill repealing measures that allow seniors care home operators to get out of union contracts, Nov. 8, 2018. Darcy headed the Hospital Employees’ Union during a long court battle with the B.C. government. (Twitter)

B.C. VIEWS: Seniors home worker discrimination finally ending

Health Minister Adrian Dix righting a serious wrong

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Mental Health Minister Judy Darcy wait to introduce bill repealing measures that allow seniors care home operators to get out of union contracts, Nov. 8, 2018. Darcy headed the Hospital Employees’ Union during a long court battle with the B.C. government. (Twitter)
Health Minister Adrian Dix and Mental Health Minister Judy Darcy wait to go into the B.C. legislature to introduce bill repealing measures that allow seniors care home operators to get out of union contracts. Darcy headed the Hospital Employees’ Union during a long court battle with the B.C. government. (Twitter)

B.C. union celebrates end of senior care ’contract flipping’

Adrian Dix says stability is key to increasing care standards

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Mental Health Minister Judy Darcy wait to go into the B.C. legislature to introduce bill repealing measures that allow seniors care home operators to get out of union contracts. Darcy headed the Hospital Employees’ Union during a long court battle with the B.C. government. (Twitter)
Free computer courses for seniors start Oct. 28 at the University of Victoria. (Photo contributed)

UVic looks to socialize seniors in the digital age

Computer science department to host series of workshops for those 60 and over

  • Oct 20, 2018
Free computer courses for seniors start Oct. 28 at the University of Victoria. (Photo contributed)
Free computer courses for seniors start Oct. 28 at the University of Victoria. (Photo contributed)

UVic looks to socialize seniors in the digital age

Computer science department to host series of workshops for those 60 and over

  • Oct 16, 2018
Free computer courses for seniors start Oct. 28 at the University of Victoria. (Photo contributed)
B.C. Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix. (B.C. government)

B.C. making progress on senior care staffing, Adrian Dix says

Minister aims to meet residential care provincial standard by 2021

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix. (B.C. government)
B.C. seniors in care homes are assessed for their mental and physical ability. (Office of the Seniors Advocate)

Still too many B.C. seniors in care facilities, or at home on drugs

Seniors Advocate watching use of antipsychotics, opioids

B.C. seniors in care homes are assessed for their mental and physical ability. (Office of the Seniors Advocate)
Emergency visits, admission and death in hospital are more likely for seniors in contracted care homes. (Black Press files)

Contract care homes mean more hospital deaths: seniors advocate

B.C. Care Providers Association questions report’s method, conclusions

Emergency visits, admission and death in hospital are more likely for seniors in contracted care homes. (Black Press files)
Victoria seniors leading the fitness charge

Victoria seniors leading the fitness charge

Go at your own pace, advises 87-year-old gym buff

Victoria seniors leading the fitness charge
Jennifer Whiteside, secretary-business manager of the Hospital Employees’ Union. (Black Press)

BC BUDGET: New money helps seniors’ care shortage

Job stability for care aides key to recruitment, union leader says

Jennifer Whiteside, secretary-business manager of the Hospital Employees’ Union. (Black Press)
There are 28,000 seniors in publicly funded residential care today, and only 15 per cent of facilities are meeting the provincial standard for daily care hours. (Flicker/Creative Commons)

B.C. VIEWS: Who will care for frail elderly?

Today’s nursing home labour shortage is just the beginning

There are 28,000 seniors in publicly funded residential care today, and only 15 per cent of facilities are meeting the provincial standard for daily care hours. (Flicker/Creative Commons)
BC Seniors Advocate Isobelle Mackenzie (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. senior care improving, but most far below staffing target

Seniors Advocate finds 15% met care hours standard last year, up from 9%

BC Seniors Advocate Isobelle Mackenzie (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Seniors can be referred for testing after a doctor or police report on their mental fitness. (Canadian Association of Retired Persons)

B.C. seniors to get new driving assessment

Road test replacing DriveABLE computer starting in March

Seniors can be referred for testing after a doctor or police report on their mental fitness. (Canadian Association of Retired Persons)
Mealtime at a residential care home for seniors. (B.C. Care Providers Association)

NDP’s Adrian Dix tackles seniors’ residential care gap

Nine of 10 seniors’ homes don’t meet provincial standard

Mealtime at a residential care home for seniors. (B.C. Care Providers Association)
(Standing, from left) Brian Roe, general manager of Somerset House; Gary Forsgren, g.m. of Amica at the Gorge; Kim Dixon, executive director of the James Bay New Horizons Centre; (kneeling) John Lioudakis, g.m. of Douglas House, and Ron Gibson, g.m. of Amica Beechwood in Sidney celebrate the donation of a passenger vanthrough Amica’s Helping Hands company wide community charity program. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Helping Hands delivers for city seniors in Greater Victoria

New van, care baskets among the benefits brought to area seniors through Amica program

(Standing, from left) Brian Roe, general manager of Somerset House; Gary Forsgren, g.m. of Amica at the Gorge; Kim Dixon, executive director of the James Bay New Horizons Centre; (kneeling) John Lioudakis, g.m. of Douglas House, and Ron Gibson, g.m. of Amica Beechwood in Sidney celebrate the donation of a passenger vanthrough Amica’s Helping Hands company wide community charity program. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Esquimalt Parks and Recreation offers a host of programs for adults 50+ that range from board games to aquatic fitness to ukulele lessons and craft workshops.  Photo Courtesy of Esquimalt Parks and Recreation

Plenty of fun for 50+ at Esquimalt Parks and Recreation

Options are available for keeping active or simply staying social

Esquimalt Parks and Recreation offers a host of programs for adults 50+ that range from board games to aquatic fitness to ukulele lessons and craft workshops.  Photo Courtesy of Esquimalt Parks and Recreation
Residents at Beacon Hill Villa and kindergarten students from South Park Family School share the wonder of a butterfly release at the Villa’s gardens in James Bay. Tim Collins/Victoria News

Victoria kindergarten students share natural wonder with neighbouring seniors

Young children, ‘elder buddies’ connect through visiting program

  • Jun 29, 2017
Residents at Beacon Hill Villa and kindergarten students from South Park Family School share the wonder of a butterfly release at the Villa’s gardens in James Bay. Tim Collins/Victoria News