Seniors’ Care

‘Sock Granny’ holds annual holiday sock drive

New socks are one of the most needed items of clothing for the homeless — yet they are one of the least donated items. That’s why 76-year-old Barbara Vance has been collecting them for Vancouver’s homeless for the past three years.

Opinion: More research needed in health care for elderly (Dr. Rita McCracken)

For the first time ever, there are more people in Canada age 65 and over than there are under age 15, according to Statistics Canada. That makes up nearly six million — or 16 per cent — of the population. In B.C., seniors make up 13 per cent of our population. This demographic is set to increase by 3.5 per cent in the coming months, four times faster than the population at large. The World Health Organization is estimating that the number of people with dementia will double by 2030 compared to 2010, and triple by 2050. Many individuals with dementia will require some level of personal care, such as assisted daily living or residential nursing.

Inviting community inside: Nursing homes take steps to stop social isolation of seniors

Despite a 95-year age difference, five-year-old Tony Han Junior and centenarian Alice Clark enjoy each other’s company.

Advocate looks for volunteers in Parksville Qualicum Beach to survey seniors

B.C.'s Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie, is looking for local volunteers to help survey all 27,000 seniors living in B.C.'s 303 residential care facilities.

'This is what 73 looks like': Seniors embracing Pokémon GO

While plenty of young people have become obsessed with playing Pokémon GO, a local home care group is emphasizing the health benefits of the game for its senior clients.

Urban Senior: Keeping time (St. Vincent's: Langara)

From the moment music therapist Leah Rosling plays the first song — George Gershwin is featured today — a dozen or so residents break into smiles as they remember familiar lyrics. Eve Duke, age 91, closes her eyes and sways to the beat, her index finger tapping to the tune. - See more at: http://www.vancourier.com/living/urban-senior-keeping-time-1.2302046#sth…

Listen to Dr. Romayne Gallagher on CISL's Boomer Life

Joanne Sutton talks about the receiving and giving the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease with Maria Howard from the Alzheimer Society of B.C. along with guests Emily Clough, Dr. Romayne Gallagher and Dave Obee.

Province to spend $40 million to build new nursing homes, update older ones

The health authority announced Thursday it will spend $40 million on the project and has signed agreements for six new and expanded residential care facilities. The agreements represent the first stage in a longer-term plan that will see a significant number of the region’s residential care facilities rebuilt to today’s modern standard. 

Senior women more likely overprescribed drugs than men: UBC study

A new study suggests senior women are more likely than men of the same age to be prescribed medication they don’t need.

North Vancouver senior, 82, ends up in homeless shelter after cancer surgery

An 82-year-old North Vancouver woman has been recovering from her mastectomy at a homeless shelter — her only option as her landlord deals with bedbugs at her Lower Lonsdale apartment.

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