Seniors

The Ridge Meadows Seniors Society is hosting tax preparation drop-off events for seniors needing help with filling out their returns. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows seniors tax clinics offer drive-up drop-off service

No appointments needed for seniors who meet eligibility criteria to get tax help

The Ridge Meadows Seniors Society is hosting tax preparation drop-off events for seniors needing help with filling out their returns. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)
RCMP investigating tripping incident in Burnaby on April 3, 2020. (RCMP handout)

VIDEO: Police look for suspect seen tripping elderly woman in Burnaby

The elderly woman was walking near the SkyTrain station when she was randomly tripped

RCMP investigating tripping incident in Burnaby on April 3, 2020. (RCMP handout)
Fraser Health takes charge of COVID response at Langley Lodge

Fraser Health takes charge of COVID response at Langley Lodge

Fraser Health is also sending in a germ-killing machine to fight the virus

Fraser Health takes charge of COVID response at Langley Lodge
Two more deaths were reported at Langley Lodge on Wednesday, May 27 (Langley Advance Times files)

Death toll rises in COVID-19 outbreak at Langley Lodge

Number has risen to 22, making it the worst to date in B.C.

Two more deaths were reported at Langley Lodge on Wednesday, May 27 (Langley Advance Times files)
Bev Schmahmann, seniors outreach services coordinator with the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society, left, during a Pop Up Jukebox event. (Contributed)

Searching for isolated seniors in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows with music and dance

Seniors outreach team at Ridge Meadows Seniors Society came up with a pop up jukebox

Bev Schmahmann, seniors outreach services coordinator with the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society, left, during a Pop Up Jukebox event. (Contributed)
20 dead in COVID-19 outbreak at Langley Lodge

20 dead in COVID-19 outbreak at Langley Lodge

There were two new cases detected, according to the Lodge’s update

20 dead in COVID-19 outbreak at Langley Lodge
Langley Lodge. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

UPDATED: COVID-19 deaths climb to 16 at Lower Mainland long-term care home

A COVID-19 outbreak in the dementia unit at Langley Lodge continues to claim lives

Langley Lodge. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Resident’s daughter raises transparency concern as deaths at seniors home rise to 11

Resident’s daughter raises transparency concern as deaths at seniors home rise to 11

Resident’s daughter says communication with families has been lacking

Resident’s daughter raises transparency concern as deaths at seniors home rise to 11
Feds announce one-time payment of up to $500 for seniors amid pandemic

Feds announce one-time payment of up to $500 for seniors amid pandemic

Money comes as seniors have been hard hit by COVID-19

Feds announce one-time payment of up to $500 for seniors amid pandemic
Hospital transfer workers are seen outside the Lynn Valley Centre care home in North Vancouver, B.C. on April 8, 2020. Seniors who complained of fatigue, confusion or just didn’t seem like themselves were tested for COVID-19, allowing the Vancouver Coastal Health authority to get in front of the virus, a health official says. Medical health officer Dr. Michael Schwandt said they began testing broadly and often, and not just those who had classic symptoms of the virus. It was a decision Schwandt said helped pinpoint developing cases before they could spread in care homes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver’s long-term care homes test for variety of symptoms for COVID-19

Outbreaks have been declared in 34 facilities in B.C. since the start of the pandemic

Hospital transfer workers are seen outside the Lynn Valley Centre care home in North Vancouver, B.C. on April 8, 2020. Seniors who complained of fatigue, confusion or just didn’t seem like themselves were tested for COVID-19, allowing the Vancouver Coastal Health authority to get in front of the virus, a health official says. Medical health officer Dr. Michael Schwandt said they began testing broadly and often, and not just those who had classic symptoms of the virus. It was a decision Schwandt said helped pinpoint developing cases before they could spread in care homes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Staff members stand at a window as they watch a parade of well wishers as they drive through Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Experts say the path to fixing long-term care in Canada after the pandemic is not clear, but all agree it starts with improving work conditions for carers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

No easy fix for long-term care, but it starts with working conditions: experts

Many of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths have been at longterm care homes

Staff members stand at a window as they watch a parade of well wishers as they drive through Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Experts say the path to fixing long-term care in Canada after the pandemic is not clear, but all agree it starts with improving work conditions for carers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
The Wesbrooke residents, from left: Renee Porter, Lorna Temlett and Helga Blankert, along with Ralph Hardy, standing, with flowers donated by anonymous donors that will be handed out at the seniors residence on Sunday. (Contributed)
The Wesbrooke residents, from left: Renee Porter, Lorna Temlett and Helga Blankert, along with Ralph Hardy, standing, with flowers donated by anonymous donors that will be handed out at the seniors residence on Sunday. (Contributed)
‘I love you – stay away’ says B.C. senior to family this Mother’s Day

‘I love you – stay away’ says B.C. senior to family this Mother’s Day

Retirement community Magnolia Gardens offers tips for a safe Mother’s Day amid COVID-19

‘I love you – stay away’ says B.C. senior to family this Mother’s Day
Hospital transfer workers are seen outside the Lynn Valley Centre care home in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, April 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Lawsuits over COVID-19 handling in nursing homes raise questions about standard of care

The ongoing global health crisis has disproportionately affected the elderly

Hospital transfer workers are seen outside the Lynn Valley Centre care home in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, April 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Seniors use gymnastics equipment to improve their balance and flexibility, one of the programs developed to keep B.C.’s growing number of seniors active and independent. These programs have been suspended, and seniors’ activity centres closed due to COVID-19. (Delta Gymnastics Society)

COVID-19 adds to burden of caring for B.C. seniors at home

Day programs, activity centres can’t operate in pandemic

Seniors use gymnastics equipment to improve their balance and flexibility, one of the programs developed to keep B.C.’s growing number of seniors active and independent. These programs have been suspended, and seniors’ activity centres closed due to COVID-19. (Delta Gymnastics Society)
Broken hip and COVID keep Pitt Meadows couple apart for 76th anniversary

Broken hip and COVID keep Pitt Meadows couple apart for 76th anniversary

After a fall broke her hip, Violet Kosinski is in hospital while her hubby, Roy, in self-isolation

Broken hip and COVID keep Pitt Meadows couple apart for 76th anniversary
Reaching out to support isolated local seniors: How you can help us help them.

Reaching out to support isolated local seniors: How you can help us help them.

Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Community Services supports a growing number of seniors in need

  • Apr 27, 2020
Reaching out to support isolated local seniors: How you can help us help them.
Hospital transfer workers are seen outside the Lynn Valley Centre care home in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, April 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. will ‘have to find a way’ for families to visit seniors in longterm care: advocate

There are currently 19 outbreaks at care homes in B.C.

Hospital transfer workers are seen outside the Lynn Valley Centre care home in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, April 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A new report shows police across Canada reported 12,202 cases of violence against individuals aged 65 and older. (Black Press Media file)

‘You are not alone’: B.C. pledges $500K to help family caregivers amid COVID-19 pandemic

Family caregivers can get support by calling 211 or 1-877-520-3267

A new report shows police across Canada reported 12,202 cases of violence against individuals aged 65 and older. (Black Press Media file)
Seniors at Peninsula Retirement Residence are doling out words of wisdom for younger generations as a way to keep busy and stay connected to those in their community. (Contributed photos)

PHOTOS: B.C. seniors offer advice to younger generations

Residents of Penisula Retirement Residence offer words of widsom via homemade signs

Seniors at Peninsula Retirement Residence are doling out words of wisdom for younger generations as a way to keep busy and stay connected to those in their community. (Contributed photos)