Seniors

A pilot program that allows seniors 80 and older to renew their driver’s licenses in Sooke has been extended through 2022. (File - Black Press Media)

Province extends pilot program for senior driving tests in Sooke

Pandemic measures have resulted in fewer referrals for drivers for on-road assessments

A pilot program that allows seniors 80 and older to renew their driver’s licenses in Sooke has been extended through 2022. (File - Black Press Media)
Residents are shown at Idola Saint-Jean long-term care home in Laval, Que., Friday, February 25, 2022. The latest census release on aging marks another milestone on the slow march to what experts warn will be a crisis in care for Canada’s elders. CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

2021 census shows number of seniors over 85 expected to triple in next 25 years

Last year the oldest baby boomers turned 76, and most probably live independently

Residents are shown at Idola Saint-Jean long-term care home in Laval, Que., Friday, February 25, 2022. The latest census release on aging marks another milestone on the slow march to what experts warn will be a crisis in care for Canada’s elders. CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The B.C. 55-Plus Games, the province’s largest annual sporting competition, requires 1,500 volunteers and is expected to contribute over $3 million to the region’s economy. (Courtesy of 55-Plus BC Games)

1,500 volunteers needed for Victoria’s 55-Plus BC Games this year

Saanich Commonwealth Place host kickoff to volunteer drive on April 30

The B.C. 55-Plus Games, the province’s largest annual sporting competition, requires 1,500 volunteers and is expected to contribute over $3 million to the region’s economy. (Courtesy of 55-Plus BC Games)
Sidney resident Gladys Pfeffer (right) celebrated her 100th birthday on April 30. She is pictured with her granddaughter Jessica Pfeffer and her great-grandchild. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Pfeffer)

Lifetime of selfless volunteerism recalled as Sidney woman reaches 100

Gladys Pfeffer has long supported immigrants and refugees to Canada

Sidney resident Gladys Pfeffer (right) celebrated her 100th birthday on April 30. She is pictured with her granddaughter Jessica Pfeffer and her great-grandchild. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Pfeffer)
Parkwood Place resident Chuck Naylor helps Lansdowne Middle School students plant seeds in the community garden prior to making bee bombs. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich retirement community makes Earth Day ‘bee bombs’ with help from middle school students

Bee bombs create a ‘highway’ for bees and insects, handmade from clay powder, compost and seeds

Parkwood Place resident Chuck Naylor helps Lansdowne Middle School students plant seeds in the community garden prior to making bee bombs. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
While on his daily morning coffee run, Saanich resident Robert Davies, 90, found a large sum of cash and reported it to the police, who were able to reunite the person with their lost money. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich senior discovers $1,600, ‘does the right thing’ by alerting police

Robert Davies finds cash on morning coffee run; police reunite money with owner

While on his daily morning coffee run, Saanich resident Robert Davies, 90, found a large sum of cash and reported it to the police, who were able to reunite the person with their lost money. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
John Hillman, Second World War veteran and charitable walker, celebrated his 103rd birthday on March 18 at Carlton House in Oak Bay. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Veteran, Oak Bay charitable inspiration John Hillman honoured at 103

Town crier proclamation, call from Canada’s immigration minister, part of celebration

John Hillman, Second World War veteran and charitable walker, celebrated his 103rd birthday on March 18 at Carlton House in Oak Bay. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Ken Dimond and his grandson, Eric Staal, share a moment during Ken’s 105th birthday party. Photo by Terry Farrell

The secret to a long life? “Wake up every morning!,” says B.C. man on 105th birthday

Ken Dimond celebrates 105th birthday in Courtenay with friends and family

Ken Dimond and his grandson, Eric Staal, share a moment during Ken’s 105th birthday party. Photo by Terry Farrell
Providing day-to-day support for a loved one can take a toll on the caregiver. Photo: Unsplash.com

Who cares for the caregiver? A B.C. senior’s struggle to care for her husband

Elder abuse and caregiver self-neglect are more common than you think: Seniors Advocate

Providing day-to-day support for a loved one can take a toll on the caregiver. Photo: Unsplash.com
Six residents at The Heights at Mt. View long-term care home have tested positive for COVID-19 as of March 1, according to Island Health. (Google Streetview)

3 new Vancouver Island care home outbreaks begin, 4 others end

New COVID-19 outbreaks in Saanich, Salt Spring Island

Six residents at The Heights at Mt. View long-term care home have tested positive for COVID-19 as of March 1, according to Island Health. (Google Streetview)
People are shown inside Maison Herron, a long-term care home in the Montreal suburb of Dorval, Que., on Saturday, April 11, 2020. An advocate for seniors in British Columbia says a rise in volunteer services supporting the elderly has been one of the “brightest lights” throughout the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Volunteers who supported seniors a lasting legacy of pandemic: B.C. seniors advocate

Isobel Mackenzie says nearly 26,000 seniors benefited from the generosity of over 13,000 volunteers

People are shown inside Maison Herron, a long-term care home in the Montreal suburb of Dorval, Que., on Saturday, April 11, 2020. An advocate for seniors in British Columbia says a rise in volunteer services supporting the elderly has been one of the “brightest lights” throughout the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Liam Pope-Lau, right, and friend Kieran MacKay deliver valentines for residents at Revera Parkwood Place in 2021. This year they’ll deliver valentines created together with classmates to Shannon Oaks in Oak Bay. (Photo courtesy of Naomi Pope)

Inspired by crafts with grandma, Victoria student recruits classmates to make valentines

Middle schooler Liam Pope-Lau distributes thousands of cards to seniors in Greater Victoria

Liam Pope-Lau, right, and friend Kieran MacKay deliver valentines for residents at Revera Parkwood Place in 2021. This year they’ll deliver valentines created together with classmates to Shannon Oaks in Oak Bay. (Photo courtesy of Naomi Pope)
Lynn Fanelli and husband Paul.

Lack of heat in husband’s care home has Kelowna woman demanding provincial action

‘I want full disclosure for those who have a vested interest in the healthcare of family members’

Lynn Fanelli and husband Paul.
Study participants with better attitudes toward aging showed a 43 per cent reduced risk of all-cause mortality. (Metro Creative Graphics photo)

A positive outlook on getting old could help with aging, B.C. study says

Study author says negative attitudes toward aging could become a self-fulfilling prophecy

Study participants with better attitudes toward aging showed a 43 per cent reduced risk of all-cause mortality. (Metro Creative Graphics photo)
John Marinus and wife Denise at the Chateau Victoria in June of 2020. (Photo courtesy of Margaret McCormack)

Oak Bay resident honours her dad by stuffing seniors’ mailboxes with love

Community crafts cards for Valentine’s Day distribution

John Marinus and wife Denise at the Chateau Victoria in June of 2020. (Photo courtesy of Margaret McCormack)
Two residents at Selkirk Seniors Village in Victoria have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting Island Health to declare an outbreak. (Google Streetview)

Island Health declares new care home outbreaks in Victoria, Chemainus

Selkirk Seniors Village and Chemainus Health Care Centre impacted

Two residents at Selkirk Seniors Village in Victoria have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting Island Health to declare an outbreak. (Google Streetview)
ElderDog Victoria volunteer Linda Harris takes Lilly for regular walks for her senior owner as part of the non-profit’s services in Greater Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Linda Harris)

Seniors, do you need help caring for your four-legged friend?

ElderDog is now looking to expand its volunteer and client lists in the Sooke area

ElderDog Victoria volunteer Linda Harris takes Lilly for regular walks for her senior owner as part of the non-profit’s services in Greater Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Linda Harris)
A health-care worker looks out of a window at Maison Herron, a long-term care home in the Montreal suburb of Dorval, on Saturday, April 11, 2020. The physical and mental health impacts of isolation periods are high for seniors living in care facilities.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Advocates say lengthy COVID isolation for seniors in care may do more harm than good

Authorities asked to reconsider guidelines as to when residents must isolate

A health-care worker looks out of a window at Maison Herron, a long-term care home in the Montreal suburb of Dorval, on Saturday, April 11, 2020. The physical and mental health impacts of isolation periods are high for seniors living in care facilities.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A woman tries to speak to her mother, through a window at Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The expert spearheading new draft national standards for long-term care says they must strike a balance between residents’ safety and their quality of life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

New Canadian care home standards to emphasize fact that they are homes, not wards

Consultations showed pandemic policies hurt mental and social well-being, balance called for

A woman tries to speak to her mother, through a window at Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The expert spearheading new draft national standards for long-term care says they must strike a balance between residents’ safety and their quality of life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Three residents at Shannon Oaks – Oak Bay independent living facility have tested positive for COVID-19. (Google Streetview)

Oak Bay retirement home confirms 3 cases of COVID-19 among residents

All 3 residents recovering with mild symptoms, facility administrator says

Three residents at Shannon Oaks – Oak Bay independent living facility have tested positive for COVID-19. (Google Streetview)