Edition: Volume 4 Issue 2
Welcome to the e-Newsletter
Volume 4/Issue 2/ March 2013
Inside this issue:
- Message from the Minister of State for Seniors
- Seniors’ Advocate
- Provincial Strategy to Reduce Elder Abuse in B.C.
- BC Services Card
- MyVoice Advance Care Planning Guide
- Eat Well, Age Well Recipe
- Healthy Eating for Seniors handbook
Seniors Advocate: Creating A Voice for Seniors
The Seniors Advocate Act (Act) was introduced by the Minister of Health on February 20, 2013 during the spring legislative session and was passed on March 14, 2013. The Act paves the way for the creation of an Office of the Seniors Advocate, a key commitment in the Seniors Action Plan and a priority identified in the 2013 Speech from the Throne. Seniors, their families and stakeholder groups have been anticipating the legislation since consultations were held last year.
Introducing the BC Services Card!
On February 15, 2013, the province introduced the BC Services Card, which will be phased in over a five-year period as part of government’s plan to modernize B.C.’s health care system. The new card replaces the CareCard, can be combined with the driver’s licence for convenience and also acts as government-issued identification. Read more
Eat Well, Age Well Recipe
This is a smooth, calcium-rich shake that tastes wonderfully fresh. Enjoy it by itself or with a whole grain bagel for breakfast. It also makes a good snack or you could have it instead of fruit and milk to complete a meal. Read more
Message from Minister of State for Seniors
February marked the first anniversary of our government’s Improving Care for BC Seniors: An Action Plan (Seniors Action Plan). I am pleased to report that a tremendous amount has been accomplished over the past fiscal year. Read more
New Provincial Strategy to Reduce Elder Abuse in B.C.
Elder abuse is a societal problem that concerns each and every one of us. It can take many forms including physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse, and often involves a person in a position of trust or a situation of dependency. Some examples include intimidation, physical assault, scams, misuse of a power of attorney, overmedicating, and censoring mail. Elder abuse can have devastating impacts on seniors and their families. Read more
Ordering the My Voice Advance Care Planning Guide
Last April, the Ministry of Health released My Voice: Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment (My Voice) as a key commitment in the Seniors Action Plan. My Voice is an award-winning advance care planning guide and workbook that helps capable adults make and record their future health care decisions in advance of a time when they may be incapable of deciding for themselves. Read more