Edition: October Volume 3 Issue 2
Welcome to the e-Newsletter
In Volume 3, Issue 2, we're unveiling our new look for the SeniorsBC e-Newsletter.
Volume 3/Issue 2/October 2012
Inside this issue:
Message from the Minister of State for Seniors-1/2
BC Seniors' Guide-3
Better at Home-3
Profile: Meet Andy Sidhu-4/5
Virtual Grocery Store-5
Planning for a Healthy Future-7
New Grants for Age-friendly Communities-7
Message from Minister of State for Seniors
I’m honoured to have been recently appointed as Minister of State for Seniors. This is a new portfolio that was created with a goal of looking out for the best interests of older people. Seniors make up almost one-quarter of B.C.’s population, and I am a part of that ever-growing group. So, I have a very personal interest in this file.
Our government is working to improve services seniors receive in the community. This includes home and community care services to support better health outcomes. Our government is improving services and access to those services for all seniors through our Seniors Action Plan, which was released in February 2012.
Recently, even more actions from this plan have been completed. You’ll notice this e-newsletter, the SeniorsBC.ca website and our BC Seniors’ Guide have been redesigned, making information easier to find, read and understand. A new Seniors Health Care Support Line was launched in June. Seniors who have issues accessing health care services or with the health care they received can now call the toll-free Line (1-877-952-3181) to receive timely resolution of problems. A province-wide consultation process on the role and function of a Seniors’ Advocate has been completed. The input from this consultation will help to shape the future role of a Seniors’ Advocate for British Columbia.
And our government has also consulted with key groups around the province on preventing elder abuse: financial, physical and social. The elder abuse prevention, identification and response strategy will be ready before the end of the year.
These are just some of the things our government is working collaboratively on to improve seniors’ care. I am getting out there and listening to seniors and seniors’ organizations from around the province as we work to create a better future for seniors in British Columbia.
Minister of State for Seniors