Seniors

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)
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)
Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie is photographed at her office in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Mackenzie says British Columbia ranks last among Canada’s provinces and territories in providing key financial support for seniors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. seniors have lowest financial support in Canada, says advocate

Report covers home support, eye exams, hearing aids and monthly supplements

Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie is photographed at her office in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Mackenzie says British Columbia ranks last among Canada’s provinces and territories in providing key financial support for seniors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Residents of Berwick Parksville try the slide at the Malahat Skywalk, and enjoy a nature walk in Nanoose Bay. To discover more about this all-inclusive, stress-free community, visit berwickparksville.com.

The thrills — and spills — of senior living done right

Residents are making a splash with their first summer at Berwick Parksville

  • Aug 29, 2022
Residents of Berwick Parksville try the slide at the Malahat Skywalk, and enjoy a nature walk in Nanoose Bay. To discover more about this all-inclusive, stress-free community, visit berwickparksville.com.
Fiona Holoboff from Timeworks Doula Care is planning a series of workshops, seminars and casual gatherings to help people in Parksville and Qualicum Beach start the conversation around death and dying.

Qualicum Beach End of Life Doula plans casual gatherings for frank conversation

Very few of us understand it, but we all experience it. Let’s shine a light on death.

  • Aug 22, 2022
Fiona Holoboff from Timeworks Doula Care is planning a series of workshops, seminars and casual gatherings to help people in Parksville and Qualicum Beach start the conversation around death and dying.
Hedy Sutulov celebrates her 108th birthday with her friends on Aug. 10, 2022 at Chartwell Birchwood Retirement Residence where she lives. She turned 108 on Aug. 18, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Active B.C. senior described by friend as ‘feisty’ celebrates 108th birthday

Hedy Sutolov, who hiked Mt. Cheam when she was 90, turned 108 on Aug. 18

Hedy Sutulov celebrates her 108th birthday with her friends on Aug. 10, 2022 at Chartwell Birchwood Retirement Residence where she lives. She turned 108 on Aug. 18, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A 93-year-old senior is left with nothing but bitcoin receipts after being scammed out of $15,000 in July. She’s hoping that sharing her experience will prevent others from being hurt. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Cloverdale senior hit by tag-teaming scammers, defrauding her of $15,000

93-year-old grandmother doesn’t want to see this happen to other seniors

A 93-year-old senior is left with nothing but bitcoin receipts after being scammed out of $15,000 in July. She’s hoping that sharing her experience will prevent others from being hurt. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)
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