It’s senior week in BC | News

Harwinder Sandhu, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors Services and Long-Term Care, released the following statement in recognition of BC Seniors Week, June 2-8, 2024:

“BC Seniors’ Week is a time to recognize the vital role seniors play in our communities and celebrate their wisdom. Through cultural teachings and traditions, volunteer initiatives, caregiving and commitment to their families, seniors shape our society every day.

“Not only have seniors built the communities we are fortunate to call home, but they continue to donate their time to actively support our province. Seniors contribute greatly to improving and nurturing community morale, making a lasting impact on future generations.

“Nearly 24% of BC adults are 65 years or older, and by 2025, BC is expected to be home to 1.2 million seniors. We want to ensure that BC’s seniors have a government that values ​​their contributions and prioritizes their needs.

“Our government has invested more than $3.5 billion since 2018-2019 to expand and improve quality care for seniors in BC, including investments in primary care, home care, long-term care and assisted living. Since 2017, we have announced 17 new or expanded care homes, with many more exciting announcements to come.

“We also know that seniors want to live independently for as long as safely possible and recognize the importance of providing seniors living in B.C. with social services that support their health and well-being so they can get the care they need in their own home. house.

“We are investing $127 million to expand and develop community-based programs such as Better at Home, the Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors (TAPS) and the Family and Friend Caregiver Support program. These programs help improve the quality of life for seniors by providing access to services such as grocery shopping, transportation, peer support, and recreational and educational programs, and by providing coaching, counseling, and education to their family and friend caregivers to help them manage their lives. improve caregivers’ skills and promote a sense of confidence and well-being in their caring role.

“Through age-friendly grants and affordable food and transportation initiatives, we are helping local governments and Indigenous communities across the province become more accessible, safe and inclusive for seniors. We look forward to further collaboration with seniors, senior advocates and community groups so we can continue to provide the best possible care and support.

“Some of the immediate actions we’ve taken to help seniors with the rising cost of living include doubling BC’s Senior Supplement, introducing a new tax credit for low-income renters of $400, improving the Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters program, which includes a one-time $430 rental benefit and a historic $200 million investment in food security initiatives.

“We want to ensure that seniors, their families and friends have access to information about the services available within our province. The BC Seniors’ Guide provides information about resources in BC that can help seniors live safe, healthy and engaged lives. This tool is available in nine languages ​​that reflect the diversity of our province, including French, Chinese, Punjabi, Vietnamese, Korean, Farsi, Hindi and Tagalog.

“Our government continues to enhance support for seniors, whether they live at home, in assisted living or in long-term care, so they can live healthy and fulfilling lives in their communities and close to their loved ones.

“Let’s take a moment this week to celebrate the seniors in our communities and all they have done to enrich our lives. Thank you all for your inspiring contributions.”

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For more information about the BC Senior Guide, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/