BC Seniors Guide
Get tips on senior housing, transportation, personal safety, finances and healthy living. In addition, the government partnered with the First Nations Health Authority in 2014 to adapt the BC Seniors' Guide into a new BC Elders' Guide for First Nations and Aboriginal older adults. You can access the BC Seniors' Guide and the BC Elders' Guide online at www.gov.bc.ca/seniorsguide.A wealth of information is at your fingertips, just click on the link below:
To order a free print copy of the BC Seniors' Guide in English, French, Chinese or Punjabi, contact the Office of the Seniors Advocate, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Call toll-free: 1-877-952-3181
- In Victoria, call: 250-952-3181
Please note that the 11th edition of the British Columbia Seniors' Guide was printed in 2015. Information may change from the time of publication. Visit www.gov.bc.ca/seniorsguide for periodic updates to this guide, as well as the EPub and MOBI file.
Advanced Care Planning
Advance care planning begins by thinking about your beliefs, values and wishes regarding future health care treatment. It is about having conversations with your close family, friends and health care provider(s) so that they know the health care treatment you would agree to, or refuse, if you become incapable of expressing your own decisions. By planning ahead you:
- Make your wishes and instructions for your future health care known
- Provide your health care team with information to guide them in your care
- Ease the burden of your loved ones at a difficult time.
- For more information on advanced care planning and end of life decisions, download our brochure here.
The BC government's advance care planning guide is called My Voice: Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment. You can use it to learn about advance care planning and also to make your own advance care plan that will serve as your voice in the future. Downloadable PDFs and more information available on the BC government's website.
As a spouse, family member or friend, bringing joy and care to a loved one with dementia is a rewarding but sometimes challenging journey. Jolene Brackey provides an inspirational source of suggestions and recommendations, through her website EnhancedMoments.com. Visit Jolene's site or speak with a Baptist Housing Team Member who will recommend additional support materials and resources.
Another excellent resource is a booklet produced by UBC's Faculty of Medicine. Titled "Getting to Know Dementia: a Patient's Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment and Care. Download a copy of the booklet here.
Families can create and engage in new ways with GreyMatters App. This free tablet application is an interactive life story book that can be paired with music and games. Patients and families can share family memories to improve the quality of life for people with dementia.
Centre for Healthy Aging Transitions (C.H.A.T.)
C.H.A.T. has been established to facilitate a Christian faith-informed approach to healthy aging and life transitions associated with the later years of life. Visit their website at ChatCarey.ca to find a wealth of resources and information on upcoming seminars throughout Canada.