Seniors

Katie Warnock’s non-fiction novel, ‘Sugar Packet Thief: a Chronicle of an Ending’, is based on journal entries from her daily visits to her grandfather during the last two months of his life. (Submitted photo)

Care for grandfather inspires Coombs woman to pen novel chronicling last months of his life

Katie Warnock encourages people to visit elderly loved ones in longterm care

 

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

 

The SOS Angel Tree at Berwick Parksville. Residents, staff and visitors are encouraged to select an 'angel' from the tree, purchase a suggested gift and return it on or before Dec. 14.

Indoors and out in the community, Berwick sparkles with the spirit of the season!

Visit the retirement community to donate a gift to their Angel Tree and take in the lights

  • 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’

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)
Gardens at Qualicum Beach

Make your list, check it twice, then get festive at this Qualicum Christmas market!

The holiday season is in full swing – it’s time to get…

  • Nov 28, 2022
Gardens at Qualicum Beach
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

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
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)
Proud residents of Berwick Parksville who "came from away" to make a new home in the retirement community.

Folks who ‘come from away’ now proud to call Parksville home

A dozen different stories, each with the same result — Berwick Parksville has exceeded expectations

  • Nov 14, 2022
Proud residents of Berwick Parksville who "came from away" to make a new home in the retirement community.
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
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)
Berwick Parksville officially opened on Oct. 4. Left to right: Nick Lynch, general manager, residents Chris and Elsie, Gordon Denford, Berwick Retirement Communities founder, Mayor Ed Mayne and Chris Denford, president of Berwick Retirement Communities cut the ribbon to officially open the building. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

Berwick Parksville celebrates official opening of new facility in city

8th community for active older adults created by Vancouver Island-based company

Berwick Parksville officially opened on Oct. 4. Left to right: Nick Lynch, general manager, residents Chris and Elsie, Gordon Denford, Berwick Retirement Communities founder, Mayor Ed Mayne and Chris Denford, president of Berwick Retirement Communities cut the ribbon to officially open the building. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Harry Keen, 86, poses centre along with other medalists in the 55+ Games in Greater Victoria. He won six swimming medals total. (Photo credit: 55+ Games)

Nanoose Bay 86-year-old takes home 6 swimming medals in 55+ Games

Harry Keen has been competing in the annual event since 1991 and swimming for even long

Harry Keen, 86, poses centre along with other medalists in the 55+ Games in Greater Victoria. He won six swimming medals total. (Photo credit: 55+ Games)
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
The recent Berwick Parksville Western theme dinner was a hit with residents, and it’s not hard to understand why — barbecue ribs, chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans and s’mores brownies had some residents writing letters of appreciation to the chef!

Food forms foundation for unbeatable hospitality

When every meal is made with love, the community takes notice!

  • Sep 26, 2022
The recent Berwick Parksville Western theme dinner was a hit with residents, and it’s not hard to understand why — barbecue ribs, chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans and s’mores brownies had some residents writing letters of appreciation to the chef!
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)