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Seniors First BC Continues to Assist Seniors as we Enter the Fall Season!

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 First BC Continues to Assist Seniors with their legal issues. More information. Our Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL) will continue to operate as normal at 604-437-1940 or 1-866-437-1940. More information. 

CALL OUR 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)

TTY Teletype for the deaf who have access to TTY equipment: 604-428-3359 or toll-free 1-855-306-1443.

Language interpretation: Available 9 am-4 pm, Monday to Friday 

Email: info@seniorsfirstbc.ca or visit our website: http://seniorsfirstbc.ca/.

SENIORS FIRST BC LEGAL PROGRAMS 

Seniors First BC provides free legal services to older adults age 55+ who cannot afford a lawyer

We may provide services for the following legal issues:
•    Residential Tenancy/Housing
•    Debt, Pensions and Appeals, Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement
•    Assisted Living/Residential Care
•    Discrimination, Abuse/Neglect, Financial Abuse, Guardianship/Capacity
•    Adult Guardianship, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Representation Agreements, 
•    Consumer Complaints
To book an appointment to speak with a lawyer, call 604-437-1940 or 1-866-437-1940

SENIORS NEWS

Connecting with Friends through Greeting Cards

Micheline Gomez, a ninety-year-old Edmontonian, felt isolated at home during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown from her friends and family. To keep herself busy, she spent her time making decorated cards with warm messages. She originally sent them to her friends and family, but as the number of cards piled up, she sent them to a number of local charities. Micheline hopes that her handmade cards and inspirational messages will help brighten people’s lives during these difficult times. 

Via Global News 

Warning signs of Depression in a Family Member

Depression is a serious mental health condition that can seriously affect all areas of the sufferer's life, from their appetite to their mood, regardless of their age. Those with depression should always seek treatment. This article identifies some warning signs of depression in a family member, such as having extreme feelings, disinterest,  indications of self-harm, increased substance use, major changes in appetite, extreme fatigue, difficulty sleeping, unexplained physical pain, low sex drive, and bringing up the subject of death often. It also identifies some ways you can help care for family members with depression, such as directing them to the appropriate resources, being patient and communicative, and educating yourself about depression. 

Via Rehab Solution

9 Tips for Better Sleep

Insomnia and any related sleep issues are often a concern for seniors. As people get older, their sleep cycles can change, and seniors may have difficulty falling asleep or wake up frequently to use the washroom, from pain, or due to anxiety. This article provides nine useful tips for seniors to improve their sleep, such as following a consistent bed routine, diet changes, making changes to one’s lifestyle, relaxing before bed, getting some sun, reducing screen time, limiting alcohol before bed, and creating a relaxing environment. 

Via Care Builders at Home

Grief & COVID-19: Mourning our Bygone Lives

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a series of losses in our lives, ranging from individual losses such as death or losses in employment to more communal losses that we share together, such as destabilizations to our health-care, education, and economic systems. This article offers some insight from grief and loss experts about the ways we are mourning right now, and how to help those who are mourning. As one expert explains, grief is a natural and useful process that allows us to turn inward to accept the changes in our lives and helps us move on. 

Via American Psychological Association

Activities to Effectively Manage Stress

Stress management is important at any age, but chronic stress is especially important for senior adults because chronic stress can lead to serious health issues in older adults. There are a number of fun, relaxing, and accessible activities that can lower stress levels and can be easily added to a regular routine. This article highlights a number of activities that you can do to reduce stress, such as physical activities, relaxation exercises, spending time in nature, music and art, doing puzzles, spending time with pets, and cognitive strategies.

Via Blue Moon Senior Counselling

Good Nutrition as we head into Cold & Flu Season

Our immune system is heavily influenced by the food we put into our bodies. With the increased desire to have a strong immune system due to the novel Coronavirus, our nutrition should be taken into consideration for our health. This article claims that proper nutrition assists medication effectiveness and can reduce chronic diseases. What is “proper nutrition”? This will vary among individuals, but in general, it includes adequate fruit and vegetable intake and consumption of nutrient-rich foods that have Vitamin A, C, D, potassium, iron and more. This article offers information on these minerals, their roles in our digestive system, and how they interact with the immune system. 

Via EcoWatch

Relationship Between Psychological Pain & Death Anxiety

The end of life is an event that’s inevitable to all of us, and the preparation for it can be scary and anxiety-inducing. A recent study explains that excessive anxiety around death and dying may reduce one’s quality of life and sense of wellbeing through psychological pain. This anxiety may cause one to withdraw from their favourite activities or suppress their emotions, and in some cases, it may lead to psychological disorders. Because of the significance death anxiety can have on one’s health, it is important that individuals recognize and acknowledge their emotions and reach out for assistance when stressors or concerns increase. 

Via Wiley Online Library

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 for support. 

More information  Government of Canada

RESOURCES FOR HEALTHY AGING AND OTHER RESOURCES

Healthy Aging

Participating in physical activity, maintaining mental and emotional health, challenging the brain, eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, quit smoking, limit alcohol intake, maintain social connections. 

More information: HealthLinkBC 

Virtual Gym: Aiding older adults with exercise compliance through serious gameplay

More Information - Centre for Active Living 

Home Workouts for seniors: 

This article gives easy and low impact activities to keep active.  More information - Heathything.ca

Online Sing-In Events with the Gettin’ Higher Choir   

Singing starts every Wednesday at 7:30 pm Pacific Time. More information -  Getting Higher Choir website 

Libraries online: Vancouver Public Library – Digital Library via https://www.vpl.ca/digitallibrary 

More information - Vancouver Public Library website  

Tips for Older Adults to Avoid Social Isolation

Thank you to our Volunteers!
Linda Yauk, Julia Bronk, Meeka Marsolais, Thi Ngoc Ha An, Margaret Ovenell, Kuldeep Kaur Padda, Shu Min Yu, Georgia Greiner, Justin Lee, Daniela Talarico 
contributing to these articles!

SENIORS FIRST BC BLOG POSTS

NATIONAL SENIORS DAY 2020 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm TOPIC: Elder Abuse: What is it? How do we deal with it?Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iLs81Ke3Ru2oVSRhG-
Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm.TOPIC: Bullying Between Older Adults in Communal Settings 
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NYtSjDxeTvGHb6hcws6CFw

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