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New Helpline for Seniors Living On Their Own Announced Today!

If you are a senior living on your own – and that means not in long-term care – and you need information on how to access help or assistance there is a new hotline number to call.   Seniors are still able to access HandiDart to get around but two taxi companies in the City have ceased operations for The Duration.  Some seniors may be wondering how they will get around.

As of today, seniors living on their alone or with a partner can call 211 for help or for information leading to help.  That’s 211.

Help with chores, help with medical issues, help getting groceries in, and what kinds of assistance there is available to you or to a partner.

This just in today.

If you are a senior reading this webpage, you can access the above number – 211 – for help.  You do not need to be a Liberal!

Message to Everyone from Angela Chapman, VGH-UBC Hospital Foundation

As you are no doubt aware, COVID-19 is a topic currently impacting us all in one way or another. Protecting our communities is a shared responsibility at a time like this. While the threat to British Columbians remains low, the very idea of an outbreak can feel stressful.

Consulting a reliable source of information can be re-assuring, and we recommend you stay up-to-date with the latest news from Vancouver Coastal Health. Here are some things you can do to support the well-being of yourself and others during this time:

  • Take care of your body! Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Continue to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to social media or sensational coverage. While being informed is important, it can be detrimental to your mental health to constantly take in stressful information. Consider ways to find balance with activities you normally enjoy.
  • Stay connected with loved ones and continue to maintain healthy relationships.

Fear and anxiety about a disease may feel overwhelming at times. By trusting the facts, sticking with the latest protocols, looking out for one another, and practicing good mental health habits, we can protect ourselves and our communities.

Take care of yourself and others,

Angela Chapman.

 

How to protect yourself from financial elder abuse.

We all know someone to whom this has happened.  Financial abuse as an elder is definitely something to be worried about.  Even if we hate to think of those we love as untrustworthy, money can be an irresistible temptation for some.  Below is an article from the CBC website which is short but to the point.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/elder-financial-abuse-tips-1.3884661

 

International Women’s Day Lunch March 4, 2020.

https://event.liberal.ca/en/event/134496/international-womens-day-celebration-with-the-hon-melanie-joly

Above link takes you to an invite to International Women’s Day Luncheon with Meet and Greet featuring the Hon. Melanie Joly.

This invitation received by the SLCBC Comms. the day before the event, unfortunately.  Very short notice on their part, but nevertheless I promised to post on the federal SLCBC website.

 

Accessibility Criteria Document from Elections Canada

Mandatory Accessibility Criteria

This document came to me from Elections Canada in response to my query about Accessibility getting to the polls.  I am posting it today for all of us to keep on hand, because we never know when an Election might be called.  As you all probably remember, Accessibility became a hot topic during the last Election.  This document will probably help us sort out what is needed so that we all get to cast our vote, particularly Seniors.