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Seniors First BC Continues to Assist Seniors in These Challenging Times

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

Queen knights Capt. Tom Moore, 100-year-old who raised millions for British NHS

A 100-year-old World War II veteran, also known as Captain Tom Moore has recently received a knighthood. Regardless of pain from a broken hip, he still wished to complete his set goal of raising 1,000 pounds for National Health Service (NHS) by walking his 82-foot garden 100 times, using his walker for support. But the donations kept going up in a few days and surpassed his original expectations. Eventually, this national hero has raised over $40 million for the NHS. Upon the widespread uncertainty and heavy influence of the pandemic, Captain Tom’s heroic effort comes up as a motivation to NHS’s front line health-care workers.

READ MORE Washington Post

Chilliwack seniors warned of COVID-19 contact tracing scam

Seniors in Chilliwack are being warned about a COVID-19 contact tracing scam. Scammers call seniors to falsely inform them that they have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19. Scammers will ask for your credit card information so they can charge you for a COVID-19 test kit. Public health officials will never ask for your credit card information. COVID-19 test kits are free, and you should never give your credit card information out to someone you don’t know over the phone. 

READ MORE News 1130

Residential Greenness and Frailty Among Older Adults: A Longitudinal Cohort in China

The benefits of residential greenness are widely known, but we have little information regarding its effect on frailty. A longitudinal cohort study was conducted on adults 65 years and older residing in urban and rural areas of China. The results showed that residents with higher residential greenness had 14% lower odds of frailty as compared to the ones with less greenness, thus suggesting that specifically in urban areas levels of residential greenness are linked to low chances of frailty. 

READ MORE 

Music for Dementia radio station hits 30,000 listeners in first month
A non commercial radio station, m4d, launched by UK charity Music for Dementia, celebrated its first set of listeners, over 30,000 people including the ones living in homes and care settings. This initiative aims at providing a way of continuing life through connection with music and to alleviate symptoms of the disease such as anxiety and agitation.

READ MORE 

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 AGEING 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. No equipment necessary, perfect for days at home during the quarantine. Reminds older adults (and everyone) the importance of staying active even when we may be stuck inside. More information - Heathything.ca

Living with Change and Uncertainty is a free four-part course offered by the Crisis Centre of BC.  Explore and try out a variety of mindfulness-based tools that help reduce stress and support our well-being. Well-suited for adults and older adults who might be new to mindfulness and want to give it a try! All you need is access to the internet. You can choose to attend live Zoom Webinars or recorded video classes weekly at anytime

More Information -  CrisisCentre 

Online Sing-In Events with the Gettin’ Higher Choir   

Based in Victoria, BC, the choir now has Online Sing-In events open to all, in any place! 

Singing starts every Wednesday at 7:30 pm Pacific Time. This event uses the Zoom app, so you need a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Click here to Register for Cathy & Dick’s weekly Wednesday Evening Sing-in on Zoom. You will receive an email with instructions on connecting to the event, and an updated link and password just before each Sing-In. More information -  Getting Higher Choir website 

Libraries online: E-books, audiobooks, online magazines and newspapers

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 and Shu Min Yu for contributing to these articles!

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WORKSHOP ON COVID-19 RELATED FRAUDS AND SCAMS

Date/Timings: Monday, Aug 31, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

During these uncertain times, people are concerned about their health and well-being. Sadly, fraudsters are using the coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity to trick the public with seniors being the most vulnerable. It is imperative to be alert, stay informed and take precautions to ensure the health of yourself and your loved ones.

Learn more about COVID-19-related scams and ensure safety amidst these times of uncertainty and stay safe.

The main learning goals for this workshop will be to address these questions:

  • What are the most common COVID-19 frauds and scams?

  • What should I do if a scam or fraud is suspected?

  • How can the fraudulent activity be identified?

  • How can I protect myself from scammers?

  • How do I report fraudulent activity?

  • Where can I learn more?

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2IQGe3ZcTwKQh0tA7PJWNg

Click here to register for the webinar on COVID-19 related Frauds and Scams
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