Seniors

Claire of Burnaby took part in the survey conducted by the Office of the Seniors’ Advocate in 2016-17. She found the experience very rewarding, as she connected with Cantonese-speaking seniors in their own language. (Special to The Star)

Asking long-term care residents their views

Comprehensive survey from Seniors’ Advocate seeks volunteers to connect with residents

  • Dec 5, 2022

 

FILE - Jamie Lee Curtis appears at the Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 19, 2022. Curtis is this year’s recipient of AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups Awards career achievement honor. The group announced Thursday that Curtis is receiving the honor at the AARP’s annual Best Movies and TV for Grownups ceremony. The event is hosted by returning host Alan Cumming and is premiering on PBS on Feb. 17, 2023, at 9 p.m. E.T. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Jamie Lee Curtis to receive award for overcoming ageism in entertainment

‘Curtis’ longstanding, ever-increasing career shatters Hollywood’s outmoded stereotypes about aging’

 

A White Rock senior says current government representation doesn’t go far enough when it comes to regulating rent increases at some retirement homes in B.C. Unsplash.com image

B.C. senior says more protection needed for rental rates at retirement homes in the province

Private facilities may raise rent, hospitality costs as inflation rises

 

Eula Johnson, 105, and Eleanor Pattison, 102, share details about their lives with friends at The Wellesley. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

VIDEO: Island seniors share their secrets to a long life including walking, good genes

105-year-old Eula Jonson and 102-year-old Eleanor Pattison are residents of Victoria’s The Wellesley

Eula Johnson, 105, and Eleanor Pattison, 102, share details about their lives with friends at The Wellesley. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Michael Marshall, 25, UBCO physics student living at the Vinyards. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

UBCO students rent affordable units at senior’s residence in exchange for fun

Two students in their 20s are living at the Vinyards residence for seniors

Michael Marshall, 25, UBCO physics student living at the Vinyards. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
Hanan Merrill (left) offers free hearing aid ‘test drives’ at Nanaimo Hearing Clinic. © 2022 HA Photography

Using a remote microphone to improve hearing aid performance

A small moment of social awkwardness can make a big difference when conversing with loved ones

  • Nov 14, 2022
Hanan Merrill (left) offers free hearing aid ‘test drives’ at Nanaimo Hearing Clinic. © 2022 HA Photography
Frank Duralia, 82, waited in a hospital bed at the Boundary District Hospital in Grand Forks with a broken hip for 59 hours before an ambulance transported him to Trail for surgery. (Credit: Marion Duralia)

‘Excruciating pain’: B.C. man waited 59 hours with broken hip for ambulance transfer

Rural hospital lost its in-patient services in March due to a staffing shortage

Frank Duralia, 82, waited in a hospital bed at the Boundary District Hospital in Grand Forks with a broken hip for 59 hours before an ambulance transported him to Trail for surgery. (Credit: Marion Duralia)
Although it may take some time to get used to your hearing aids, wearing them should never cause you pain. It’s important to take it slow when you’re adjusting to new hearing aids.

Do hearing aids hurt?

Hearing aids are highly valuable for people who have hearing loss, but…

  • Nov 7, 2022
Although it may take some time to get used to your hearing aids, wearing them should never cause you pain. It’s important to take it slow when you’re adjusting to new hearing aids.
Residents are shown at Idola Saint-Jean long-term care home in Laval, Que., February 25, 2022. In B.C., long-term care residents and their family members are being promised a stronger voice with the creation of new regional councils and a provincial committee. CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

B.C. long-term care residents, family promised greater input with new councils

Ministry of Health creating provincial committee to address concerns

Residents are shown at Idola Saint-Jean long-term care home in Laval, Que., February 25, 2022. In B.C., long-term care residents and their family members are being promised a stronger voice with the creation of new regional councils and a provincial committee. CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Berwick Retirement Communities was proud to be title sponsor of the 55+ BC Games, held in Victoria this September.

Embracing movement, exploration, connection… and healthy competition at any age!

Berwick Retirement Communities advocate for active lifestyles through support for 55+ BC Games

  • Oct 24, 2022
Berwick Retirement Communities was proud to be title sponsor of the 55+ BC Games, held in Victoria this September.
A bottle of Prozac is pictured at a company facility in Plainfield, Ind., Jan. 11, 2008.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Darron Cummings

Seniors in long-term care 3 times more likely to receive antidepressants than others

Just over 65 per cent of seniors living in long-term care were prescribed antidepressants in 2021

A bottle of Prozac is pictured at a company facility in Plainfield, Ind., Jan. 11, 2008.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Darron Cummings
Shelagh Merrill (right), co-owner of Nanaimo Hearing Clinic. A hearing aid professional can customize your hearing aid’s programming to improve the quality of sound. © 2022 HA Photography

Technical tips to improve hearing aid performance

Background noise distracting from the speech you’re trying to hear? 3 tips to try

  • Oct 17, 2022
Shelagh Merrill (right), co-owner of Nanaimo Hearing Clinic. A hearing aid professional can customize your hearing aid’s programming to improve the quality of sound. © 2022 HA Photography
Pamela Garrity, 77, has been confined to a wheelchair since falling out of bed in late September, and relies on a Sarastand (right) to get in and out of bed, get on and off the toilet and do other things. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)

Chilliwack senior felt ‘absolute despair’ after Fraser Health no-show

Confined to wheelchair, woman was twice left sitting in incontinence underwear for 20-plus hours

Pamela Garrity, 77, has been confined to a wheelchair since falling out of bed in late September, and relies on a Sarastand (right) to get in and out of bed, get on and off the toilet and do other things. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)
Volunteer writer Benjamin David Dyck and Evangelia Alvarez have met every Thursday since March to create a written record of her life as part of Hand in Hand Intergenerational Storytelling, a Volunteer Nanaimo program that enables seniors to tell their life stories. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Volunteer Nanaimo program spans generations to preserve personal histories

Hand-in-Hand Intergenerational Storytelling matches volunteer writers with seniors

Volunteer writer Benjamin David Dyck and Evangelia Alvarez have met every Thursday since March to create a written record of her life as part of Hand in Hand Intergenerational Storytelling, a Volunteer Nanaimo program that enables seniors to tell their life stories. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Terry Dance-Bennink speaks to seniors during a rally in support of a senior-friendly park at the former S.J. Willis Junior High School field in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. The protesters say they are being shut out of open green space near their homes, while the city recently opened a new skateboard park for youth in the area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

VIDEO: B.C. seniors stage protest at vacant school field, seeking fair share of park space

100 Victoria area seniors, many using walkers and scooters, point to emphasis on rec space for youth

Terry Dance-Bennink speaks to seniors during a rally in support of a senior-friendly park at the former S.J. Willis Junior High School field in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. The protesters say they are being shut out of open green space near their homes, while the city recently opened a new skateboard park for youth in the area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Hanan Merrill (left) offers free hearing aid ‘test drives’ at Nanaimo Hearing Clinic. © 2022 HA Photography

Understanding speech, background noise and how hearing works

We have noise-cancelling headphones; why don’t hearing aids work the same way?

  • Sep 26, 2022
Hanan Merrill (left) offers free hearing aid ‘test drives’ at Nanaimo Hearing Clinic. © 2022 HA Photography
Greater Victoria residents are being encouraged to reflect on how common ageism against seniors is in society ahead of National Seniors Day on Oct. 1. (Pixabay photo)

B.C. group shines a light on ageism ahead of National Seniors Day

Oct. 1 marks the contributions seniors make and the challenges they face

Greater Victoria residents are being encouraged to reflect on how common ageism against seniors is in society ahead of National Seniors Day on Oct. 1. (Pixabay photo)
Sandie Bissessur celebrates one of her five gold medals in track and field competition at the 55-Plus B.C. Games. (B.C. Games photo)

Nanaimo-area athletes crowd the podium at 55-Plus B.C. Games in Victoria

Athletes excel at hockey, soccer, track and field and more

Sandie Bissessur celebrates one of her five gold medals in track and field competition at the 55-Plus B.C. Games. (B.C. Games photo)
Family confirmed that Sheri Onstein’s medevac plane was landing just before noon on Friday. (Submitted photo)

B.C. senior in serious condition finally flown out for treatment

Medevac delayed after post surgery infection

Family confirmed that Sheri Onstein’s medevac plane was landing just before noon on Friday. (Submitted photo)
Rebecca Onstein with her mom at the Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace on Sept. 22. (Submitted photo)

‘No place will take her’: No help for B.C. senior in “life or limb” condition

“If they don’t get my mom out she’ll lose her leg or she will die. And that’s not fair,” says daughter

Rebecca Onstein with her mom at the Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace on Sept. 22. (Submitted photo)