Seniors

Men In Kilts franchise owner Chris Strong bags some groceries that he bought for a Campbell River senior citizen as part of his company’s effort to help people who find it difficult to get out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy Chris Strong/Men In Kilts

Kilted window-washers helping seniors with groceries

Campbell River Men In Kilts employees volunteer to go shopping for seniors and others

Men In Kilts franchise owner Chris Strong bags some groceries that he bought for a Campbell River senior citizen as part of his company’s effort to help people who find it difficult to get out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy Chris Strong/Men In Kilts
Sisters Mary Newman, 89, left, and Clara Pogson, 87, who’d had no contact for six years, had a surprise reunion when Pogson moved into Eden Gardens in late February. (Photo submited)

Sisters surprised to find themselves reunited at Nanaimo seniors care home after years apart

Eden Gardens staff member noticed new care home resident’s resemblance to another resident

Sisters Mary Newman, 89, left, and Clara Pogson, 87, who’d had no contact for six years, had a surprise reunion when Pogson moved into Eden Gardens in late February. (Photo submited)
Close call has B.C. senior warning of an unexpected fire hazard

Close call has B.C. senior warning of an unexpected fire hazard

Ruth Kaspick’s couch cushions went up in flames when a smouldering heat pack was hit with oxygen

Close call has B.C. senior warning of an unexpected fire hazard
Residents of Mill Springs Village have worked out a simple but effective way to help each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Valley strata using yellow caution tape to tie neighbourhood together during crisis

A simple but effective solution to helping each other despite social distancing

Residents of Mill Springs Village have worked out a simple but effective way to help each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)
Quality Foods, Superstore, Country Grocer, Whole Foods, Red Barn Markets and Shoppers Drug Mart will be dedicating a portion of their opening hours for seniors and vulnerable members of society to shop, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Stores dedicate early hours to seniors, health-compromised shoppers

Shoppers Drug Mart, Country Grocer, Superstore, Red Barn Markets and Whole Foods offers one hour each

Quality Foods, Superstore, Country Grocer, Whole Foods, Red Barn Markets and Shoppers Drug Mart will be dedicating a portion of their opening hours for seniors and vulnerable members of society to shop, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
A man using a cane is silhouetted as he enters Milan’s Central Station, Italy, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Public health officials are urging people take extra infection control steps around older Canadians most at risk of developing COVID-19 complications, with the death of a Vancouver senior providing fresh imperative for vigilance in long-term care facilities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Luca Bruno
A man using a cane is silhouetted as he enters Milan’s Central Station, Italy, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Public health officials are urging people take extra infection control steps around older Canadians most at risk of developing COVID-19 complications, with the death of a Vancouver senior providing fresh imperative for vigilance in long-term care facilities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Luca Bruno
Silver Threads Service will be moving from its 2340 Richmond Rd. location (pictured) to a new spot at 920 Caledonia Ave. (Google Maps)
Silver Threads Service will be moving from its 2340 Richmond Rd. location (pictured) to a new spot at 920 Caledonia Ave. (Google Maps)
The provincial seniors advocate says long-term care homes like Mountain Lake Seniors Community seen here in Nelson are already prepared to handle any possible outbreak of COVID-19. Photo: Tyler Harper

B.C. care homes well equipped to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks: seniors advocate

Isobel Mackenzie downplays concerns seniors are at risk

The provincial seniors advocate says long-term care homes like Mountain Lake Seniors Community seen here in Nelson are already prepared to handle any possible outbreak of COVID-19. Photo: Tyler Harper
During the free computer workshops at UVic, student volunteers work with local seniors to help them gain computer literacy skills. (Photo courtesy Robert Lee)

UVic welcomes local seniors to the digital age with free computer workshops

Sessions cover search engines, online privacy, social media and more

During the free computer workshops at UVic, student volunteers work with local seniors to help them gain computer literacy skills. (Photo courtesy Robert Lee)
Assisted living report released on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, is shedding light on the number of publicly funded units versus privately owned and operated ones. (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives photo)

Report highlights need for more publicly funded assisted living units for B.C. seniors

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is calling on province to boost assisted living units in B.C.

Assisted living report released on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, is shedding light on the number of publicly funded units versus privately owned and operated ones. (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives photo)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix listens as Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie speaks about her ongoing work to improve services. (B.C. government)

For-profit senior care homes spend less on staff, B.C. advocate says

Isobel Mackenzie and Adrian Dix focus on private and public care

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix listens as Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie speaks about her ongoing work to improve services. (B.C. government)
Residents of the Wellesley knitted 30 pouches and micro pouches for injured animals in Australia. (File contributed/ Stephanie Lumley)

Victoria retirement home residents knit pouches for animals burned in Australian wildfires

Members of the Wellesley crafted pouches and micro pouches for koalas, joeys, sugar babies and more

Residents of the Wellesley knitted 30 pouches and micro pouches for injured animals in Australia. (File contributed/ Stephanie Lumley)
The Voices in Motion choir is led by Erica Phare-Bergh on Sunday. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
The Voices in Motion choir is led by Erica Phare-Bergh on Sunday. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Island Health is taking over the management of the Selkirk Seniors Villae. (Screenshot/Google Maps)

Island Health takes over management of Victoria seniors facility following scathing report

Concerns were raised at the Selkirk Seniors Village about cleanliness and staffing

Island Health is taking over the management of the Selkirk Seniors Villae. (Screenshot/Google Maps)
National Silver Alerts for missing persons with dementia could save lives

National Silver Alerts for missing persons with dementia could save lives

Recent cases in Victoria, where the missing person died, fuels support for such a system

  • Oct 30, 2019
National Silver Alerts for missing persons with dementia could save lives
Creating community with Micky Fleming

Creating community with Micky Fleming

Cherish Living Group CEO loves helping others

  • Oct 30, 2019
Creating community with Micky Fleming
Local residents are hoping to establish a senior citizen care line through the Village to Village Network. (Pixabay)

Fairfield-Gonzales residents aim to establish senior care phone line

The Fairfield-Gonzales Village would allow seniors living alone to have a direct line to resources

Local residents are hoping to establish a senior citizen care line through the Village to Village Network. (Pixabay)
The Jubilee Medical Clinic will be booted from its current location so the building at 1902 Richmond Rd can be demolished (Google Maps)

Victoria medical building to be demolished for seniors care facility

A memory-focused care home to replace the medical office building at 1900 Fort St.

The Jubilee Medical Clinic will be booted from its current location so the building at 1902 Richmond Rd can be demolished (Google Maps)
Two passengers being taken on a trishaw training cycle. (Photo courtesy of Cycling Without Age Society)

Sidney group offers free, fun ‘trishaw’ bike rides to seniors

Physical disability and mental obstruction no barrier to trips around town

Two passengers being taken on a trishaw training cycle. (Photo courtesy of Cycling Without Age Society)
A Seniors Serving Seniors volunteer, Grace Yuen, shares a cup of coffee with Victoria senior “PJ.” (File Submitted/ Julie Gray)

More volunteers needed to aid seniors coming out of hospital

Seniors Serving Seniors recruits volunteers for its ‘Return to Health’ program

A Seniors Serving Seniors volunteer, Grace Yuen, shares a cup of coffee with Victoria senior “PJ.” (File Submitted/ Julie Gray)