Update from the Office of the Seniors Advocate

slcbc-bcgov_140407_isobelmackenzie_007sm-768x768Isobel Mackenzie is the Seniors Advocate for BC. She gave a presentation to the Town Hall for Delta Seniors, November 10, 2016, providing a status update on seniors’ issues, demographics and results of the work of the Office of Seniors Advocate (OSA).

BC Seniors Demographics

There are currently 850,000 seniors in B.C. (17% of population), projected to grow to 24% by 2031. This table shows some indicators for people over 65 and over 85 years of age.

Indicators Over 65 Over 85
Median income $26,000 $22,000 (75+)
Senior homeowners household income 24% <$30,000
Senior renters household income 35% <$20,000
% Living Independently 93% 74%
% Living in Residential Care 4% 15%
% that Use Publicly Subsidized Home Support <4% 13%
Use of Emergency Department 22%
Average Life Expectancy 21.55 7.1
% Living in Urban Areas 65% 65%
% of Seniors with Active Driver’s Licenses 76% 34%
% that Live Alone (under 65: 8%) 26% 46%
% that are Employed (under 65: 68%) 24.6% (65-69) 6.7% (70+)
% of Seniors Living Without a Diagnosis of

Dementia

95% 80%

Issues Facing Seniors

  • Supports for Independent Living
    • adequate income
    • home supports (ADL and IADL)
    • transportation
    • socialization
  • Coordination of Services
  • Quality of care in residential care
  • Support for caregivers
  • Polypharmacy
  • Ageism (including within the medical community)

Work of Office of the Seniors Advocate (OSA)

  • Formed COA – submission to Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos
  • Reports and Recommendations
    • Housing
    • Caregiving
    • Income supports
    • Quality indicators in residential care
    • Awareness of programs
    • Home support satisfaction
    • Monitor basket of seniors’ services
    • Directory of residential care facilities

Results: Work in progress

  • Increase to GIS/working to improve GIS/OAS application process
  • Review of care hours
  • Changes to CCALA
  • Increases to MSP Premium Assistance
  • Changes to govt. websites
  • Select quality indicators showing improvement
  • Massive volunteer mobilization for residential care survey
  • Seniors’ housing in rural BC

Results: On-going

  • Continue to push quality indicators in residential care
  • Improvements to home support
  • Transportation issues being reviewed
  • Social engagement
  • Fighting ageism

Contact

www.seniorsadvocatebc.ca
Toll-free: 1-877-952-3181
In Victoria: 250-952-3181
Open Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Translation services available in more than 180 languages.
Email: info@seniorsadvocatebc.ca
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Twitter: @SrsAdvocateBC