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SENIORS FIRST BC 

Seniors First BC is a charitable, non-profit, provincial society which provides assistance and support to older adults and third parties assisting older adults, who are dealing with abuse or mistreatment as well as provides assistance to navigate systems that impact older adults. Services are provided through a helpline, victim services, legal advocates and an elder law clinic. Seniors First BC continues to assist seniors through these challenging times. But in order to ensure the health and safety of our senior clients and our staff and their families, we are adjusting our operations. More Information. 

SENIORS ABUSE AND INFORMATION LINE
Our Province-wide confidential Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL)  is a safe place for older adults, and those who care about them to talk to a trained intake worker about abuse or mistreatment, receive information and support about issues that impact the health and well-being of an older adult. For more information contact us at 604-437-1940 or Toll-Free 1-866-437-1940, 8 am to 8 pm daily (except statutory holidays)
SENIORS FIRST BC LEGAL PROGRAMS
The Elder Law Clinic operated by Seniors First BC offers pro bono legal services to eligible older adults residing in British Columbia on a wide range of legal matters, including:
•    Preparing wills, powers of attorney, representation agreements     
•    Understanding your legal proceedings and what to expect in court 
•    Reviewing court documents 
•    Preparing your own case and submissions 
•    Representation at certain court hearings in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Provincial Court (Small Claims Division) of British Columbia 
•    Assistance in matters of adult guardianship
•    General legal advice 
Contact our legal services division at 604-336-5653 for further information or to arrange a consultation with a lawyer.
While we do not offer legal services in either family or criminal law, we can direct persons to organizations who may be able to assist. 
   
SENIORS NEWS


102-year-old former pilot receives COVID vaccine in North Vancouver
At the age of 102, North Vancouver’s Jaye Edwards was the first person on the North Shore to receive the vaccine so far. She mentioned that vaccines save lives and it felt like a prick of your finger.  She has led an adventurous life as a civilian pilot in the Second World War, flying planes between 1943 and 1945. Via North Shore News 

Music Therapy Offering Lifeline for Isolated GTA Seniors Amid Lockdown
Some older adults have been engaging in regular music therapy classes online. This activity encourages individuals to be present, it improves communication, and it is a fun way to facilitate social engagement. Virtual music therapy is beneficial for one’s wellbeing by influencing heart rate, respiration pattern and neurological processes. Some individuals have found this to be beneficial for their family members who have dementia, however, this activity would be helpful for everyone. 
Via
CBC News

Seniors Advocate Looks Back on How the Pandemic Changed Care for Seniors in BC
The province’s seniors advocate explains some of the benefits to society that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to. For senior care, the pandemic has raised awareness of the fragility of seniors homes in terms of minimal staffing, and senior resources and poverty levels. Our province better understands the public services that seniors rely on for social engagement and well-being maintenance. Increased awareness can lead to greater funding and support for certain senior serving facilities. Read below for more improvements that have been recognized during the pandemic. 
Via
The Vancouver Sun

RESOURCES FOR HEALTHY AGING AND OTHER RESOURCES
Healthy Aging
HealthyLinkBC provides information on staying physically active, maintaining mental and emotional health, challenging the brain, eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, maintaining social connections. More information: HealthLinkBC 

Tips to Get Active for 65+
Physical activity is crucial in maintaining good health. It improves cardiovascular health, enhances mood, strengthens bones and reduces the risk of falls. For optimal results, 2.5 hours of cardio and 2 sessions of muscle-strengthening exercises weekly is recommended. But, it is important to start slowly and not overexert the body. Additionally, small lifestyle changes to keep the body moving, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking instead of driving whenever possible are highly recommended. Via Canada.ca

Mask Tips for Those with Hearing Loss or Dementia
This article provides suggestions for those who struggle with hearing loss and/or dementia. Individuals who face hearing challenges may normally rely on lip-reading and the interpretation of facial expression which are hidden when someone is wearing a mask. Individuals who have dementia may face the issue of not remembering why masks are suggested to be worn or have trouble recognizing an individual under their mask. This article also outlines the benefits that mask-wearing can have in conjunction with social distancing. Some of the suggestions made include using hand gestures, and gradually increasing the length of time wearing a mask. Via Qualicare Home Care

Tips for Fall Prevention 
Falling is a major health concern for older adults because of the risk of severely injuring one’s hip. Dr. Jaza Marina from Atlanta suggests contacting the doctor if someone is frequently feeling dizzy or tired in an attempt to prevent future falls. In addition, to reduce the likeliness of falls in the house one can remove clutter such as loose cords or bulky rugs, add a rubber bath mat to the shower, and add night-lights to the hallways and bathroom. To see more suggestions for fall prevention, visit Senior News

 

Online Workouts for Seniors to Stay Safe and Fit Indoors
With thousands of exercise videos at our fingertips, online workouts have become part of the daily routine for many people. However, choosing what to do and how to do it safely can be tough. Professor emeritus Stuart McGill at the University of Waterloo, he recommends matching your workout to your capabilities, considering chronic conditions and medications. To learn more about how to get your online workout routine started, read this article which provides moves, tips, and online fitness videos such as the 15-60 minute workout routines for seniors from the National Institute for Aging.Via CBC


BC's COVID-19 Immunization Plan
According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, everyone who would like a vaccine and who is eligible to receive one will have the opportunity to be vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone living in B.C. More information - Province of BC.

COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults, Government of Canada

The Government of Canada has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for seniors and caregivers. They include tips for staying healthy, taking care of your physical and mental health, and resources to stay healthy. More information - Government of Canada


Thank you to our volunteers for contributing to these articles!
Linda Yauk, Julia Bronk, Meeka Marsolais, Thi Ngoc Ha An, Margaret Ovenell, Kuldeep Kaur Padda, Shu Min Yu, Georgia Greiner, Justin Lee, Ekaterina Galysheva. 

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