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April 28th, 2017
Adult day programs for frail Vancouver seniors critical in providing relief for caregivers

Adult day programs for frail Vancouver seniors critical in providing relief for caregivers

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B.C.’s seniors advocate says one temporary home should be found for frail seniors disrupted by the redevelopment of the George Pearson Centre in Vancouver, not several. Isobel Mackenzie said she understands that A.S.K. Friendship Society has no choice but to find a new, temporary home for three to four years for its 125 elderly clients.

April 24th, 2017
A senior’s struggle to root out elusive cap-and-trade charge

A senior’s struggle to root out elusive cap-and-trade charge

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Ontario residents shouldn’t have to work their way through a “rat’s maze” to figure out the cap-and-trade charge on their natural gas bills, Mississauga senior Muriel Chudiak says. Since the fee kicked in on Jan. 1, Chudiak has been on a mission to get the Ontario Energy Board and Ontario Liberal government to stop “hiding”

April 21st, 2017
Vancouver seniors stage play to express shared feelings of invisibility

Vancouver seniors stage play to express shared feelings of invisibility

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When 61-year-old Rae Collins walks down the sidewalk, sometimes she can’t help but feel invisible. All too often, she’ll find herself having to jump out of the way of younger passer-by, who is oblivious to her presence. “They’re just involved with their own conversations, or they’re staring down at their cell phones as they walk

April 17th, 2017
Shingles vaccine now free for Ontario seniors between 65 and 70

Shingles vaccine now free for Ontario seniors between 65 and 70

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TORONTO — Ontario seniors between the ages of 65 and 70 can now get the shingles vaccine for free. The Liberal government is spending $68 million over three years to publicly fund the vaccine, which will save eligible seniors about $170. Health Minister Eric Hoskins says it will reduce the likelihood of seniors getting the

April 13th, 2017
Access to care for B.C. seniors declining due to privatization

Access to care for B.C. seniors declining due to privatization

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The provincial policy of privatizing home and community care services for seniors has resulted in less access for people in need, says a new report released today. Between 2001 and 2016, the closure of 40 care facilities operated by either health authorities or non-profit organizations has resulted in a drop in residential care beds of

April 10th, 2017
BMO Centre in London ready to grow

BMO Centre in London ready to grow

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Only weeks away from a major expansion, an indoor soccer complex in London is about to become one of the largest of its kind in Ontario and among the top three in Canada. Ground will be broken March 20 on a two-pitch addition to the BMO Centre/London Optimist Sports Centre that already houses four soccer

April 6th, 2017
Vancouver seniors face eviction from retirement home

Vancouver seniors face eviction from retirement home

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The rare termination of a contract by Terraces on 7th, a Vancouver retirement home, which it had with Vancouver Coastal Health to provide a portion of its suites for less than market rates, is a worrying sign for seniors who can’t afford market rents, said Isobel Mackenzie. “We haven’t had this happen before,” she said.

April 3rd, 2017
Tillsonburg ranked ‘Top 8 in Ontario’ for retirees

Tillsonburg ranked ‘Top 8 in Ontario’ for retirees

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When Kurt and Bev Rothenmund were retiring, they looked at Ontario communities between London and Kingston, including Tillsonburg.   “We kept coming back to Tillsonburg,” said Kurt, now 75.   In October 2003 they moved from Winnipeg to Baldwin Place, an adult lifestyle community on the west end of Tillsonburg.   “The location was ideal,”

March 31st, 2017
Updated Guide To Residential Care Facilities In B.C. Shows Care Has Grown Worse In Some Areas

Updated Guide To Residential Care Facilities In B.C. Shows Care Has Grown Worse In Some Areas

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An updated guide published by the Office of the Seniors Advocate (OSA) in January shows that only 10 per cent of B.C. seniors in residential care are getting the 3.36 hours of staffing care per day recommended in provincial government guidelines. That is down from 18 per cent of seniors receiving 3.36 hours of daily

March 24th, 2017
Seniors in Kitchener Need Long-Term Care Homes Modernized and More Specialized Care

Seniors in Kitchener Need Long-Term Care Homes Modernized and More Specialized Care

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KITCHENER, ON, Feb. 6, 2017 /CNW/ – Seniors living in new or newly renovated long-term care homes are experiencing first-hand the tremendous benefits these homes provide for their care and comfort. With 90% of residents living with some level of cognitive impairment in long-term care homes province-wide, newer homes create a better, safer environment for


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