National Seniors Day thoughts from B.C.’s minister for seniors’ health

Oct. 1 is National Seniors Day and the International Day of Older Persons.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for

Seniors Darryl Plecas has issued the following statement in recognition

of National Seniors Day as well as International Day of Older Persons:


“Seniors are the heart and soul of B.C. communities. They live healthy,

active lives and continue to contribute in many ways to our province.

They advocate for their friends and neighbours, they volunteer for

countless good causes, and they are often caregivers for their loved



“Since my appointment as Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors this year,

I’ve been travelling around British Columbia meeting with seniors and

seniors’ groups, speaking with them as well as listening to their



“Earlier this week, I was honoured to present the ‘Let’s Embrace Aging

Passionately’ award at the annual BC Seniors Living Association

conference. The winner, Janet Shier, is a 12-year resident at Cavell

Gardens in Vancouver. Janet just turned 100 and is a perfect example of

the many active, independent seniors living in communities throughout



“Government is committed to strengthening the services seniors receive

and continues to make significant investments in supports ranging from

home health to assisted living, and residential care services.


“We have also heard from older adults that care and supports in their

local community are important and this is a large part of our strategic

focus, as we work to improve the quality of life of B.C seniors. In

fact, the Province recently announced $500,000 for the 2016 Age-

friendly grants, which allow communities to plan ahead to better

accommodate seniors’ needs and independence close to home.


“We have delivered on commitments, such as establishing a seniors’

advocate, expanding non-medical home support to help older British

Columbians stay at home longer, and strengthening protection for

seniors from abuse and neglect.


“Protecting seniors is a top priority. Elder abuse can take many forms,

from physical to emotional or financial.


“With this in mind, a provincial online resource on elder abuse is now

available. The Elder Abuse Reduction Curricular Resource consists of a

guide and a presentation that focuses on detection and prevention. The

resource includes activities, videos and articles. It’s designed for

educational and training institutions and non-profit agencies, as well

as the public and those that work with seniors, such as care facility



“Seniors helped build B.C. – they deserve our heartfelt gratitude as

well as our respect.”


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