Respect and quality care for seniors
When nine in ten seniors’ care homes don’t meet minimum government standards, it’s clear Christy Clark isn’t working for BC’s elderly population.
John Horgan and the BC NDP will make seniors a priority. We will help them stay in their own homes longer, improve the consistency of care in care homes and create a legislative committee focused on improving the care and lives of seniors.
Giving support to seniors to stay at home as long as possible is the right thing to do. We will increase the length of home support visits and expand the scope of services provided – helping seniors stay in their homes longer, reducing stress on family friends and other unpaid caregivers.
Seniors who move into residential care can expect increased support and more accountability from providers and their staff, so they receive the high-quality, dignified relationship-based care they deserve. We will conduct a review to establish and maintain safe staffing levels that aren’t disrupted by contracting out or contract flipping.
We’ll develop an all-party Select Standing Committee on Seniors. This committee will be tasked with refreshing the Council on Aging and Seniors’ 2006 Report, making recommendations to the Legislature and monitoring and reporting on the implementation of those recommendations.
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By Robert Preidt -- HealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) --
Five Life Skills Can Boost Your Odds of Well-BeingPeople with these traits more likely to be healthier, less lonely and more financially stable, study finds.
Emotional stability, determination, control, optimism and conscientiousness: all important "life skills" that can raise your prospects for a happy, healthy life.
That's the finding from a new study of more than 8,000 people, aged 52 and older, in the United Kingdom. Researchers found a link between those five life skills and better health, fewer chronic diseases, less depression, less social isolation, and greater financial stability.
"No single attribute was more important than others. Rather, the effects depended on the accumulation of life skills," study co-leader Andrew Steptoe, a professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London, said in a university news release.
Nearly a quarter of B.C.’s population is expected to be 65 years and older within the next 20 years, but seniors across the country already outnumber Canadians under the age of 15. (There were approximately 5,780,900 Canadians 65 and over on July 1, compared to the under-15 population of 5,749,400.) The number of seniors increased by 3.5 per cent during the past year, four times faster than the population at large, according to Statistics Canada.
How to properly serve the needs of seniors now and in the future is the focus of a meeting Tuesday at SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, organized by the B.C. Care Providers Association in partnership with the Ministry of Health.
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