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Seniors Advocate Tours Rural B.C.

The Seniors Advocate will be visiting rural areas of B.C. throughout the month of February to engage with seniors, their loved ones and health care providers to discuss seniors’ issues in their communities and share the findings of her upcoming report on challenges specific to seniors living in rural areas. Town hall locations include: Learn …

February 2024 OSA Update

The February issue of our monthly newsletter is available now! The OSA Update includes news and issues that matter to B.C. seniors: Read our newsletter Subscribe to our email list now to receive our newsletter in your inbox.

Province names new seniors advocate

The Province has appointed Dan Levitt as the new seniors advocate for British Columbia as government continues to support oversight and advocacy toward seniors care and the programs and services seniors need. Find out more

Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults

As temperatures are expected to drop across B.C. this week, seniors are encouraged  to prepare for extreme cold and winter storms. Seniors have a much higher chance of being affected by cold weather. Changes that come with ageing can make it harder for older people to recognize their body is becoming too cold, which can …

January 2024 OSA Update

The January issue of our monthly newsletter is available now! The OSA Update includes news and issues that matter to B.C. seniors: Read our newsletter Subscribe to our email list now to receive our newsletter in your inbox.

2023 Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Directory Released

The Office of the Seniors Advocate has released its updated Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Directory for 2022/23. The 2022/23 Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Directory notes improvement in long-term care staffing but raises concerns with medication use and food costs

Beware Holiday Scams

Scams are particularly common over the holiday season as fraudsters take advantage of increased activity, stress, distraction and generosity. Many of these attempts are targeted specifically at seniors. Canadians lost more than $527 million through various scams over the first six months of 2023, according to figures reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Take extra …

Seniors Advocate Statement on Health Care Assistant Day

BC Seniors Advocate statement on Health Care Assistant Day – October 18, 2023 VICTORIA – “Today is Health Care Assistant Day in B.C and an opportunity to acknowledge the increasingly important role of these professionals in the well-being of seniors not only in our province but across the country. “Health care assistant is a broad …

Wildfire Safety

Wildfires are spreading in B.C. and some communities are under evacuation, evacuation alert or travel restrictions. Seniors can be more vulnerable to effects of wildfires and should take extra precautions at this time. Please monitor appropriate channels for the latest updates on wildfire activity and safety. Emergency Info BCFor the most current wildfire information including …

Heat Wave Preparedness and Response

Heat wave warnings are in effect across the province and rising temperatures may put vulnerable seniors at risk. With higher temperatures expected, it is recommended that seniors take some additional precautions and family, friends and neighbours are encouraged to check in on older people to ensure they are keeping cool and well hydrated. The dual …