Seniors

A music therapy program created for isolated seniors brought a little groove into the lives of White Rock and Surrey care-home residents, including at the Evergreen Baptist campus, Peace Arch Hospital and Kinsmen Lodge. (Contributed photo)

PHOTOS: Music therapy program brightens lives of isolated White Rock, Surrey seniors

Surrey-based foundation started Heart for Music in 2019

 

Doris Gage (left) poses with her grandson Nash and her granddaughter Meghan Mitchell on April 1, 2021, when restrictions were lifted to allow in-suite visits. (Contributed photo)

COVID-19 restrictions lifting at South Surrey seniors home ‘absolutely’ a big deal

Doris Gage, 95, is to celebrate her great-grandson’s 1st birthday July 24

 

Staying at home is preferred by most seniors to moving to assisted living or other care facilities, but B.C. has a shortage of home care staff and some seniors move into care before it is medically necessary. (Office of the Seniors Advocate)

B.C., care homes partner to train more senior home support staff

Entry-level candidates to receive paid work placements

 

Retired doctor Don Stewart - who has become a ‘grandfriend’ to Ellen Petersson’s kindergarten/Grade 1 students at Ray Shepherd Elementary - entertain the children during one of their recent forest walks with one of his ‘party pieces,’ a droll three-legged dance performed to ‘Can I Have This Dance For The Rest Of My Life?’. (Alex Browne photo)

PHOTOS: South Surrey students, senior forge unexpected connection during pandemic

Don Stewart, 89, became a ‘Grandfriend’ to Ellen Petersson’s young ’Forest Explorers’

Retired doctor Don Stewart - who has become a ‘grandfriend’ to Ellen Petersson’s kindergarten/Grade 1 students at Ray Shepherd Elementary - entertain the children during one of their recent forest walks with one of his ‘party pieces,’ a droll three-legged dance performed to ‘Can I Have This Dance For The Rest Of My Life?’. (Alex Browne photo)
Grant Davey’s mother waited 15 hours for an ambulance that never arrived. (The News/files)

Senior waits 15 hours with broken hip for ambulance that never came

Grant Davey’s mother eventually tranported to hospital in a van – premier and health minister told

Grant Davey’s mother waited 15 hours for an ambulance that never arrived. (The News/files)
The City of Surrey still has no timeline for reopening of South Surrey Indoor Pool. (surrey.ca photo)

Timeline for reopening of South Surrey Indoor Pool expected ‘in coming weeks’

Facility is one of two indoor-recreation centres still closed

The City of Surrey still has no timeline for reopening of South Surrey Indoor Pool. (surrey.ca photo)
White Rock pickleball player Debbie Lawrance - who appeared before council June 14 to ask for a dedicated pickleball court in Centennial Park - is seen on the court in Nottingham, England, where she competed at the English Open in 2019. (Contributed photo)

Pickleball granted a dedicated court at White Rock’s Centennial Park

Council decision stipulates a six-month trial period for popular sport

White Rock pickleball player Debbie Lawrance - who appeared before council June 14 to ask for a dedicated pickleball court in Centennial Park - is seen on the court in Nottingham, England, where she competed at the English Open in 2019. (Contributed photo)
Grand Forks Fire/Rescue volunteers attended Sunday’s incident at the Hardy View Lodge. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Sunday’s heat trips sprinkler system at West Kootenay seniors’ home

Interior Health was still assessing the damage at Grand Forks’ Hardy View Lodge as of Sunday evening

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue volunteers attended Sunday’s incident at the Hardy View Lodge. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux waits to appear before the Commons Finance committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday March 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Boost to seniors benefit this summer and beyond could cost $10.7 billion

Parliamentary budget officer is estimating the Liberals’ plan might be cheaper than anticipated

Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux waits to appear before the Commons Finance committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday March 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Police say a White Rock senior reported missing this week has been located safe. (White Rock RCMP Twitter photo)
Police say a White Rock senior reported missing this week has been located safe. (White Rock RCMP Twitter photo)
Jack and Arleen Mar celebrated their wedding 60 years ago. (Contributed photo)

White Rock couple celebrates 60 years of marriage

‘Listen to your wife,’ Jack Mar offered as advice to newlyweds

Jack and Arleen Mar celebrated their wedding 60 years ago. (Contributed photo)
John Kromhoff with some of the many birthday cards he received from ‘pretty near every place in the world’ after the family of the Langley centenarian let it be known that he wasn’t expecting many cards for his 100th birthday. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Cards from all over the world flood in for B.C. man’s 100th birthday

An online invitation by his family produced a flood of cards to mark his 100th birthday

John Kromhoff with some of the many birthday cards he received from ‘pretty near every place in the world’ after the family of the Langley centenarian let it be known that he wasn’t expecting many cards for his 100th birthday. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Liberal government moves to define ‘elder abuse’ to better target ways to stop it

Increasing cases of abuse, neglect, financial abuse or abuse of power-of-attorney being flagged

Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
The City of Surrey is offering a series of free online programs and activities starting June 3, to mark BC Seniors Week. (surrey.ca photo)

Surrey offers free programs for B.C. Seniors’ Week

Online events and activities begin June 3

The City of Surrey is offering a series of free online programs and activities starting June 3, to mark BC Seniors Week. (surrey.ca photo)
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B.C. senior calls driving exams for seniors aged 80 and up ‘unfair’

Protest being planned for when COVID-19 pandemic restrictions lifted

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Michael and Miriam Cox – both new members at the White Rock Lawn Bowling Club - practise their craft during a recent session. (Contributed photo)

White Rock Lawn Bowling Club sees membership boost despite pandemic

‘At the beginning of (the pandemic) there was very little two retirees could do.’

Michael and Miriam Cox – both new members at the White Rock Lawn Bowling Club - practise their craft during a recent session. (Contributed photo)
'Armchair Travel' is a free event being offered for older adults on May 20. (Screenshot image)

‘Armchair Travel’ to explore opportunities within Canada

May 20 event supported by New Horizons for Seniors grant

'Armchair Travel' is a free event being offered for older adults on May 20. (Screenshot image)
Head coach Pat Smart demonstrates the delivery of bowl to potential new bowlers at Mann Park Lawn Bowling Club last weekend. (Contributed photo)

Mann Park lawn bowlers launch new season with lessons, garden dedication

Official opening ceremony planned for May 8, but club opened to some members last weekend

Head coach Pat Smart demonstrates the delivery of bowl to potential new bowlers at Mann Park Lawn Bowling Club last weekend. (Contributed photo)
White Rock’s Joan Bywater shows the setup she uses when participating in online paint parties hosted by the Seniors Come Share Society. (Contributed photo)

PHOTOS: Virtual gallery showcases inspirations of Semiahmoo Peninsula seniors

‘What is art if not something that motivates more art?’

White Rock’s Joan Bywater shows the setup she uses when participating in online paint parties hosted by the Seniors Come Share Society. (Contributed photo)