Seniors

Interior Health officially declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Creekside Landing in Vernon on Jan. 3, which was followed by the first death from the virus 10 days later. (Kaigo photo)

COVID death at North Okanagan care home

First death recorded from coronavirus at Creekside Landing

 

A worker is seen cleaning surfaces inside Little Mountain Place, a long term care home in Vancouver, on January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. care home allowed group activities to continue after positive test: family

Little Mountain Place became the deadliest care home outbreak in British Columbia

 

The Beaver Valley community put together Christmas gifts to spread cheer to their seniors who live alone or have otherwise had an especially tough year. Photo: Submitted

Beaver Valley brings “Christmas Cheer for Seniors Near”

Christmas gifts were given to seniors who live alone or have otherwise had an especially tough year

 

Aging gracefully. Lia Crowe photograph

Aging Gracefully

Be Proactive In Preparing Your Mind and Body

  • Jan 1, 2021
Aging gracefully. Lia Crowe photograph
Debbie Drew poses for a photo with her father Graham Drew during her visit to a long-term care home in British Columbia in this undated handout photo. She said visiting restrictions that were initially needed at facilities like the Lynn Valley Care Centre are now causing more harm than good for her dad and other residents mostly confined to their rooms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Debbie Drew *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Visit restrictions contributed to depression among care home residents: doctor

Findings released last month show a seven per cent rate of increase in antipsychotic use

Debbie Drew poses for a photo with her father Graham Drew during her visit to a long-term care home in British Columbia in this undated handout photo. She said visiting restrictions that were initially needed at facilities like the Lynn Valley Care Centre are now causing more harm than good for her dad and other residents mostly confined to their rooms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Debbie Drew *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Arbutus RV owners Rose and Craig Little. Photography by Lia Crowe

Sales surge for Arbutus RV

Recreational vehicles on a roll for province’s largest RV dealer

  • Dec 25, 2020
Arbutus RV owners Rose and Craig Little. Photography by Lia Crowe
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Virtual concert series Songs for Seniors to bring families separated by COVID together

Songs for Seniors is hoping to bring communities and their families together virtually, no matter where

  • Dec 24, 2020
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hinting that provinces that don’t want to work with Ottawa to improve standards in long-term care homes won’t get federal funding. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

No funds for provinces that don’t agree to improve long-term care standards, PM hints

He said Ottawa will help them cover the costs of those improvements

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hinting that provinces that don’t want to work with Ottawa to improve standards in long-term care homes won’t get federal funding. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Caretakers Bruce and Irene Montgomery join resident John Carter for a photo by the Christmas tree at Chateau Manor. Photo: Jim Bailey

Kootenay manor makes festive holiday season for seniors

Every wall, nook, doorway, and shelf is feted with seasonal decor

Caretakers Bruce and Irene Montgomery join resident John Carter for a photo by the Christmas tree at Chateau Manor. Photo: Jim Bailey
Caretakers Bruce and Irene Montgomery join resident John Carter for a photo by the Christmas tree at Chateau Manor. Photo: Jim Bailey

Trail manor makes festive holiday season for seniors

Every wall, nook, doorway, and shelf is feted with seasonal decor

Caretakers Bruce and Irene Montgomery join resident John Carter for a photo by the Christmas tree at Chateau Manor. Photo: Jim Bailey
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Vaccine plan must treat all B.C. seniors equally

BC Seniors Living Association (BCSLA) has called on the provincial government and…

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Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie is calling for more in-community supports. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. Seniors Advocate issues snapshot on the well-being of seniors

Isobel Mackenzie releases update of the Long-Term Care Quick Facts Directory & senior services report

Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie is calling for more in-community supports. (Black Press Media file photo)
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference in Ottawa, Tuesday Dec. 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

First Pfizer vaccine shots to be given right at delivery sites, not LTC homes: Tam

Pfizer’s vaccine is extremely delicate and must be stored at temperatures below -70 C

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference in Ottawa, Tuesday Dec. 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Seroquel, an antipsychotic drug intended to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, is shown at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto on Friday, April 4, 2014. The first wave of COVID-19 triggered an increase in psychiatric drug prescriptions in long term care homes, new data shows, and geriatric experts warn this puts elderly patients with dementia at risk for further harm from falls, stroke, and sedation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu

Doctors concerned about rise in dangerous medications in LTC homes during pandemic

Geriatrics experts are concerned that the global pandemic is undoing years of hard-won progress

Seroquel, an antipsychotic drug intended to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, is shown at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto on Friday, April 4, 2014. The first wave of COVID-19 triggered an increase in psychiatric drug prescriptions in long term care homes, new data shows, and geriatric experts warn this puts elderly patients with dementia at risk for further harm from falls, stroke, and sedation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu
Serge Pasquali delivers a stone at Trail Retirees Curling. Photo: submitted.

Trail Retiree Curling: Team Pasquali holds off Noble

Trail Retiree Curling Club started up its second session last week

  • Dec 2, 2020
Serge Pasquali delivers a stone at Trail Retirees Curling. Photo: submitted.
Menno Place. (Google Street View image.)

B.C. care home looks to hire residents’ family members amid COVID-19-related staff shortage

Family would get paid as temporary workers, while having chance to see loved ones while wearing PPE

Menno Place. (Google Street View image.)
Panic alerts can go a long way in helping prevent further medical complications for seniors who live alone. Photo: Akshay Paatil on Unsplash

Police breach door to help Fruitvale senior

RCMP officers attended a Fruitvale home on Nov. 14 in response to a panic alarm

Panic alerts can go a long way in helping prevent further medical complications for seniors who live alone. Photo: Akshay Paatil on Unsplash
Rotarians from the Trail Rotary Club brightened up the Columbia View Lodge courtyard with Christmas lights and decorations earlier this month, leaving a special message for residents: ‘The People of Trail are thinking of you’. Photo: Submitted.

Rotary lights up courtyard and brightens day at Trail seniors home

Rotary provided an early Christmas present for residents at Columbia View Lodge

Rotarians from the Trail Rotary Club brightened up the Columbia View Lodge courtyard with Christmas lights and decorations earlier this month, leaving a special message for residents: ‘The People of Trail are thinking of you’. Photo: Submitted.
Helen Watson, posing for a photo for her 100th birthday, turned 105 on Saturday (Nov. 21). (File photo)

B.C. woman who survived Spanish Flu turns 105

Helen Watson has packed a lot into life – including being in two pandemics

Helen Watson, posing for a photo for her 100th birthday, turned 105 on Saturday (Nov. 21). (File photo)
Trail Seniors Branch 47 donated $36,000 to the Salvation Army as one of its final gestures before ceasing operations at the end of 2020. (L to R) Seniors Branch secretary treasurer Wilbur Wostradowski, vice president Evelyn Jones, Salvation Army pastor Andrew Sweet, and Seniors president Darlene McIsaac.

Trail Seniors Branch makes generous final gesture

Trail seniors donate $90,000 to TACL, and $36,000 to the Trail Salvation Army

Trail Seniors Branch 47 donated $36,000 to the Salvation Army as one of its final gestures before ceasing operations at the end of 2020. (L to R) Seniors Branch secretary treasurer Wilbur Wostradowski, vice president Evelyn Jones, Salvation Army pastor Andrew Sweet, and Seniors president Darlene McIsaac.