Seniors

Residents of Columbus Court kicked up their heels in the parking lot as they were treated to an outdoor concert by Bob King Thursday, April 16. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Outdoor concert gets Okanagan seniors dancing in the parking lot

Bob King gives Columbus Court residents, and neighbours, something to smile about

Residents of Columbus Court kicked up their heels in the parking lot as they were treated to an outdoor concert by Bob King Thursday, April 16. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
North Okanagan hospice fundraiser sidelined due to COVID-19
North Okanagan hospice fundraiser sidelined due to COVID-19
Although there’s a pandemic, Theresa Hamilton said coming to chat with Merr Olsen keeps a sense of normality through the crisis. “It’s routine,” she said. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Not alone: Volunteers play tic-tac-toe on seniors’ windows

‘Hopefully this will go beyond COVID-19’

Although there’s a pandemic, Theresa Hamilton said coming to chat with Merr Olsen keeps a sense of normality through the crisis. “It’s routine,” she said. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Daisy Ferguson, 92, has been crocheting toques for the past six years to donate to the Salvation Army, and in March 2020, she completed her 1,000th toque. (Contributed)

92-year-old Vernon woman crochets 1,000 toques for donation

Daisy Ferguson has been working on the toque project for the past six years

Daisy Ferguson, 92, has been crocheting toques for the past six years to donate to the Salvation Army, and in March 2020, she completed her 1,000th toque. (Contributed)
‘Always look on the sunny side,’ Okanagan senior says

‘Always look on the sunny side,’ Okanagan senior says

Heaton Place resident shares story of growing up in Roaring Twenties

  • Apr 4, 2020
‘Always look on the sunny side,’ Okanagan senior says
Close call has B.C. senior warning of an unexpected fire hazard

Close call has B.C. senior warning of an unexpected fire hazard

Ruth Kaspick’s couch cushions went up in flames when a smouldering heat pack was hit with oxygen

Close call has B.C. senior warning of an unexpected fire hazard
Vernon’s Heritage Square, operated by Kaigo Senior Living Group. (Laryn Gilmour - Black Press Media)

COVID-19: Okanagan assisted living tenants to connect with families via iPads

Kaigo Senior Living Group to stock Vernon and Armstrong care homes with FaceTime tech

Vernon’s Heritage Square, operated by Kaigo Senior Living Group. (Laryn Gilmour - Black Press Media)
Vernon’s Noric House long-term care facility is dealing with an influenza outbreak amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)

North Okanagan long-term care facility dealing with flu outbreak

No cases of COVID-19 present at Noric House; visits have been limited in facilities across B.C.

Vernon’s Noric House long-term care facility is dealing with an influenza outbreak amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)
Seniors’ care facilities in the Shuswap are changing some of their practices in the face of the COVID-19 virus. (Pixabay Image)

Shuswap seniors facilities keeping residents safe in face of COVID-19

In the name of caution, large gatherings and non-essential visits suspended at care homes

Seniors’ care facilities in the Shuswap are changing some of their practices in the face of the COVID-19 virus. (Pixabay Image)
PROVIDING CARE                                Seniors care facilities in Summerland are taking measures to ensure residents are protected from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland care facilities work to protect residents from COVID-19

Additional monitoring and sanitizing among precautions taken at seniors care homes

PROVIDING CARE                                Seniors care facilities in Summerland are taking measures to ensure residents are protected from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Summerland Review file photo)
A man using a cane is silhouetted as he enters Milan’s Central Station, Italy, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Public health officials are urging people take extra infection control steps around older Canadians most at risk of developing COVID-19 complications, with the death of a Vancouver senior providing fresh imperative for vigilance in long-term care facilities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Luca Bruno
A man using a cane is silhouetted as he enters Milan’s Central Station, Italy, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Public health officials are urging people take extra infection control steps around older Canadians most at risk of developing COVID-19 complications, with the death of a Vancouver senior providing fresh imperative for vigilance in long-term care facilities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Luca Bruno
The provincial seniors advocate says long-term care homes like Mountain Lake Seniors Community seen here in Nelson are already prepared to handle any possible outbreak of COVID-19. Photo: Tyler Harper

B.C. care homes well equipped to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks: seniors advocate

Isobel Mackenzie downplays concerns seniors are at risk

The provincial seniors advocate says long-term care homes like Mountain Lake Seniors Community seen here in Nelson are already prepared to handle any possible outbreak of COVID-19. Photo: Tyler Harper
Village seniors take on Penticton Vees in fun hockey game

Village seniors take on Penticton Vees in fun hockey game

“Life should be about nonstop growth. Whether you’re 40, 60, 80 or even 100 years old…” - Gary Doi

Village seniors take on Penticton Vees in fun hockey game
Home care service for seniors looks to teach empathy through simulation

Home care service for seniors looks to teach empathy through simulation

Home Instead simulates old age so caregivers get an idea of what it’s like

Home care service for seniors looks to teach empathy through simulation
Mildred Lewis (front) enjoys a spin around Polson Park for her 100th birthday, courtesy of Cycling Without Age pilot Jim Wind, in 2019. Program organizers have purchased a second bike for Year 2, which will begin offering rides May 18. (Morning Star file photo)

Greater Vernon senior cycling program wheels into second year

Special ‘trishaws’ saw 500 rides and 4,200 kilometres in debut year

Mildred Lewis (front) enjoys a spin around Polson Park for her 100th birthday, courtesy of Cycling Without Age pilot Jim Wind, in 2019. Program organizers have purchased a second bike for Year 2, which will begin offering rides May 18. (Morning Star file photo)
Sven Donaldson competes in the hammer throw during the 2019 B.C. 55-Plus Games in Kelowna. (Robert Huth/B.C. 55-Plus Games photo)

Registration opens soon for BC 55+ Games in Richmond

2020 55+ Games have been officially scheduled for Sept. 15 to 19

Sven Donaldson competes in the hammer throw during the 2019 B.C. 55-Plus Games in Kelowna. (Robert Huth/B.C. 55-Plus Games photo)
Wilf and Alta Schneider will soon be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. (Carrie O’Neill photo)

North Okanagan couple proof of lasting love

Heaton Place residents celebrating 70 years of marriage

  • Feb 14, 2020
Wilf and Alta Schneider will soon be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. (Carrie O’Neill photo)
There are over 57,000 seniors living in the Okanagan region spanning from OK Falls to Lake Country. Many of them are struggling to properly manage their medications. (File photo)

Okanagan seniors misusing meds needs to be addressed: seniors care expert

Mismanaging medications often has dire consequences for Canadian seniors, study shows.

There are over 57,000 seniors living in the Okanagan region spanning from OK Falls to Lake Country. Many of them are struggling to properly manage their medications. (File photo)
Assisted living report released on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, is shedding light on the number of publicly funded units versus privately owned and operated ones. (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives photo)

Report highlights need for more publicly funded assisted living units for B.C. seniors

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is calling on province to boost assisted living units in B.C.

Assisted living report released on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, is shedding light on the number of publicly funded units versus privately owned and operated ones. (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives photo)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix listens as Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie speaks about her ongoing work to improve services. (B.C. government)

For-profit senior care homes spend less on staff, B.C. advocate says

Isobel Mackenzie and Adrian Dix focus on private and public care

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix listens as Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie speaks about her ongoing work to improve services. (B.C. government)