Friday, March 19, 2010

B.C. Seniors Website Open

Connects Seniors With Expanded Resources


The Province’s new SeniorsBC.ca website provides seniors and their families with better access to information on available programs and services, announced Healthy Living and Sport Minister Ida Chong. “B.C. is committed to building the best system of support for seniors in Canada and SeniorsBC.ca is one more step in the right direction,” said Chong. “Through this easy-to-navigate website, people can now readily access current and relevant information about topics of interest to older British Columbians and their loved ones.”

The Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport surveyed older British Columbians and caregivers to learn what users would like to see on a website for seniors. The results of that survey were used to design and build SeniorsBC.ca. Visitors to SeniorsBC.ca can now quickly locate up-to-date information about topics on healthy living, transportation, finances, continuing education, recreation programs, volunteer opportunities for older adults, and more. The new website also features stories and profiles of older British Columbians and a regular e-newsletter to which visitors can subscribe.

SeniorsBC.ca follows through on a commitment made in the Seniors’ Healthy Living Framework, government’s action plan to support British Columbia’s aging population. It complements other services already available to B.C. seniors, including the Health and Seniors Information Line, HealthLink BC and the popular BC Seniors Guide. The website also provides a platform for non-profit organizations to provide updates and articles about other new initiatives to support seniors’ healthy living. SeniorsBC.ca also offers access to a number of useful videos for seniors including “A Place for Everyone: Age-friendly Communities.” Launched today, it’s the sixth in a series of informative roundtable discussions produced by the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Seniors Program Outreach Project.

“This video is an important part of enhancing a dialogue with seniors about what age-friendly communities means for them and also provides a valuable tool for design approaches that work best for older adults,” said SFU Seniors Program Co-ordinator Julian Benedict. “I am pleased that SeniorsBC.ca offers us another avenue to promote this important project. This new website will be a valuable resource for our program and for other seniors’ service providers, allowing us to extend these kinds of discussions to more British Columbians than ever before.”

To learn more about the Province’s new website for seniors, or to access and watch “A Place for Everyone”, please use this Nanaimo Info LINK.


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