Seniors

Free Alzheimer Society of BC webinars help local residents and caregivers living with dementia. (submitted photo)
Free Alzheimer Society of BC webinars help local residents and caregivers living with dementia. (submitted photo)
Amica White Rock residents Larry O’Brien and Julian Kirstiuk recently founded the federally incorporated Canadian Association for Retirement Home Residents. (Aaron Hinks photo)

B.C. retirement home residents fight province’s visitor restrictions

Association launched to give Canada’s long-term care, senior home residents a voice

Amica White Rock residents Larry O’Brien and Julian Kirstiuk recently founded the federally incorporated Canadian Association for Retirement Home Residents. (Aaron Hinks photo)
Chris Wilkinson column: Everything has an ending

Chris Wilkinson column: Everything has an ending

As I sit here beside my dad, holding his hand, as he prepares to take his final breaths

  • Aug 21, 2020
Chris Wilkinson column: Everything has an ending
A UBC study found that older women without social ties are more likely to be affected by obesity. (Submitted)

Obesity in older women linked to lack of social ties, UBC study

“Clinicians could be encouraging older women patients who are non-partnered, especially widowed women, to participate in social community interventions as a way to address obesity.”

A UBC study found that older women without social ties are more likely to be affected by obesity. (Submitted)
Chris Wilkinson column: An ode to my caregiver

Chris Wilkinson column: An ode to my caregiver

You help keep me safe. You help keep me strong.

  • Aug 3, 2020
Chris Wilkinson column: An ode to my caregiver
John Richmond is joined by family members, including daughter Pam, and a youngster who just happened to be at Centennial Park and couldn’t resist a party, as he marks his 90th birthday with a drive-by celebration at Duncan’s Centennial Park. Duncan Kiwanis Club members Eric Qualley and Bill Myers can be seen decorating in the backtround. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Drive-by birthday party surprises former Duncan councillor

Businessman and Kiwanis member John Richmond celebrates 90 years

John Richmond is joined by family members, including daughter Pam, and a youngster who just happened to be at Centennial Park and couldn’t resist a party, as he marks his 90th birthday with a drive-by celebration at Duncan’s Centennial Park. Duncan Kiwanis Club members Eric Qualley and Bill Myers can be seen decorating in the backtround. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
FILE – Hospital transfer workers are seen outside the Lynn Valley Centre care home in North Vancouver, B.C. on April 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

COVID-19 ‘hoax call’ to B.C. long-term care home leads to arrest

Centre said it received a phone call that ‘appeared to originate from health authorities’

FILE – Hospital transfer workers are seen outside the Lynn Valley Centre care home in North Vancouver, B.C. on April 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Hospital transfer workers are seen outside the Lynn Valley Centre care home in North Vancouver, B.C. on April 8, 2020. The longterm care home was among the first in B.C. to record multiple deaths due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canada’s proportion of COVID long-term care deaths double that of other countries: study

LTC residents made up 81 per cent of all reported COVID-19 deaths in the country

Hospital transfer workers are seen outside the Lynn Valley Centre care home in North Vancouver, B.C. on April 8, 2020. The longterm care home was among the first in B.C. to record multiple deaths due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
John and Jeanne Brownell participated in Berwick Qualicum Beach’s music video ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’. (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island seniors ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’

WATCH: Berwick residents rock out to KISS classic

John and Jeanne Brownell participated in Berwick Qualicum Beach’s music video ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’. (Submitted photo)
There is a webinar on June 24 to help those experiencing hallucinations due to dementia. (Black Press Media photo)

Webinar offers help for those suffering delusions due to dementia

free upcoming webinar “Delusions, hallucinations and visual mistakes” on June 24.

  • Jun 18, 2020
There is a webinar on June 24 to help those experiencing hallucinations due to dementia. (Black Press Media photo)
Avid Victoria runner Tracey Marshall is running five marathons in five days to raise money for long-term care. (Courtesy of Broadmead Care)

Victoria woman supports seniors with five marathons in five days

Runner fundraising for Broadmead Care homes after mother passes away

Avid Victoria runner Tracey Marshall is running five marathons in five days to raise money for long-term care. (Courtesy of Broadmead Care)
Reminding seniors of the importance of not giving out personal or financial information to people you don’t know or over the phone is an important first step. (Submitted)

Tips on how to protect your aging loved ones from financial abuse

About one in 10 seniors are victims of consumer fraud each year: Canadian Department of Justice

Reminding seniors of the importance of not giving out personal or financial information to people you don’t know or over the phone is an important first step. (Submitted)
Barb Stevenson, left, Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions and John Douglas prepare to raise a flag for World Elder Abuse Day at city hall in 2019. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. (Submitted)

B.C. communities ready to offer help on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Elder abuse can be physical, financial, sexual or psychological

Barb Stevenson, left, Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions and John Douglas prepare to raise a flag for World Elder Abuse Day at city hall in 2019. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. (Submitted)
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are shown at Residence Yvon-Brunet, a long-term care home in Montreal, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces working inside long-term care homes could find themselves testifying about the state of those facilities in relation to lawsuits against the institutions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Troops could be called to testify in lawsuits against long-term care homes

Damning military reports said troops found cases of abuse and negligence in the homes

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are shown at Residence Yvon-Brunet, a long-term care home in Montreal, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces working inside long-term care homes could find themselves testifying about the state of those facilities in relation to lawsuits against the institutions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
(The Canadian Press)

Federal aid for care home systems needed ahead of second wave, advocates say

Ontario Long Term Care Association calling for more action

(The Canadian Press)
A resident and a worker watch as 150 nursing union members show support at rchard Villa Long-Term Care in Pickering, Ontario on Monday June 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
A resident and a worker watch as 150 nursing union members show support at rchard Villa Long-Term Care in Pickering, Ontario on Monday June 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Alistair MacGregor column: Standing up for seniors

Alistair MacGregor column: Standing up for seniors

Across Canada, seniors are scared.

  • Jun 1, 2020
Alistair MacGregor column: Standing up for seniors
From left: Rodney Scheck, Brian Devlin and Caroline Scheck pose for a picture at the May 15 wedding at Discovery Harbour Seniors Community. Photo contributed

Vancouver Island bride held wedding in seniors home so dying stepdad could walk her down aisle

Ceremony held amidst pandemic in order to fulfill bride’s wish to have stepdad give her away

From left: Rodney Scheck, Brian Devlin and Caroline Scheck pose for a picture at the May 15 wedding at Discovery Harbour Seniors Community. Photo contributed
Chris Wilkinson column: It’s not too early to reflect

Chris Wilkinson column: It’s not too early to reflect

It’s time for the next great migration! A migration back out of the house. To ‘somewhat normal’.

  • May 25, 2020
Chris Wilkinson column: It’s not too early to reflect
The annual Walk for Alzheimer’s will look different this year, as it moves online due to COVID-19. (Citizen file)

Cowichan residents invited to join Walk for Alzheimer’s online

Taking place on Sunday, May 31, the online event will start at 9 a.m.

  • May 25, 2020
The annual Walk for Alzheimer’s will look different this year, as it moves online due to COVID-19. (Citizen file)