Seniors

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)
Fir Park Village is a seniors’ facility in Port Alberni, B.C. and is located behind Echo Village. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni seniors’ homes working hard to keep COVID-19 at bay

Echo Village, Fir Park Village take drastic steps to prevent coronavirus outbreak

Fir Park Village is a seniors’ facility in Port Alberni, B.C. and is located behind Echo Village. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Chartwell’s Willow Retirement Community has a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak, according to Fraser Health and the provincial health officer. (Special to The News)

Two staff, two patients at B.C. care home part of latest COVID outbreak

Fraser Health classified Maple Ridge seniors facility outbreak effective Saturday, April 18

  • Apr 20, 2020
Chartwell’s Willow Retirement Community has a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak, according to Fraser Health and the provincial health officer. (Special to The News)
Seumas McCombie jots down housing ideas during a recent ACRD age-friendly workshop (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District’s action plan aims to activate seniors

Rural area initiative parallels City of Port Alberni undertaking

  • Apr 16, 2020
Seumas McCombie jots down housing ideas during a recent ACRD age-friendly workshop (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)
A health-care worker from Port Alberni tries on one of the face shields that businessman Kevin Wright has made for West Coast General Hospital, Fir Park and Echo Villages. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni family thanks long-term care workers with face shield donation

Matriarch received ‘excellent care’ at seniors’ facility before her death in 2018

A health-care worker from Port Alberni tries on one of the face shields that businessman Kevin Wright has made for West Coast General Hospital, Fir Park and Echo Villages. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A case of COVID-19 at Berwick-by-the-Sea seniors residence in Campbell River has been confirmed. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Cambpell River Mirror

Case of COVID-19 at Campbell River seniors residence confirmed

Berwick by the Sea, Island Health taking necessary steps to protect residents, staff and community

A case of COVID-19 at Berwick-by-the-Sea seniors residence in Campbell River has been confirmed. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Cambpell River Mirror
Port Alberni’s Pat Rogers has an interesting story to tell about her Canadian citizenship. (ORLANDO DELANO/Special to the AV News)

VALLEY SENIORS: Eighty years of Alberni Valley memories

Pat Rogers celebrates 80 years of living in the Alberni Valley

  • Mar 26, 2020
Port Alberni’s Pat Rogers has an interesting story to tell about her Canadian citizenship. (ORLANDO DELANO/Special to the AV News)
Men In Kilts franchise owner Chris Strong bags some groceries that he bought for a Campbell River senior citizen as part of his company’s effort to help people who find it difficult to get out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy Chris Strong/Men In Kilts

Kilted window-washers helping seniors with groceries

Campbell River Men In Kilts employees volunteer to go shopping for seniors and others

Men In Kilts franchise owner Chris Strong bags some groceries that he bought for a Campbell River senior citizen as part of his company’s effort to help people who find it difficult to get out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy Chris Strong/Men In Kilts
Sisters Mary Newman, 89, left, and Clara Pogson, 87, who’d had no contact for six years, had a surprise reunion when Pogson moved into Eden Gardens in late February. (Photo submited)

Sisters surprised to find themselves reunited at Nanaimo seniors care home after years apart

Eden Gardens staff member noticed new care home resident’s resemblance to another resident

Sisters Mary Newman, 89, left, and Clara Pogson, 87, who’d had no contact for six years, had a surprise reunion when Pogson moved into Eden Gardens in late February. (Photo submited)
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
Echo Village is a seniors’ facility in Port Alberni, B.C. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Outbreak of illness in Port Alberni seniors homes not COVID-19: Island Health

Anyone tested for flu in high-risk category will now be tested for COVID-19

Echo Village is a seniors’ facility in Port Alberni, B.C. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Residents of Mill Springs Village have worked out a simple but effective way to help each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Valley strata using yellow caution tape to tie neighbourhood together during crisis

A simple but effective solution to helping each other despite social distancing

Residents of Mill Springs Village have worked out a simple but effective way to help each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)
Several Meals on Wheels delivery drivers collect extra meals for their clients on Monday, March 16. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Meals on Wheels finds kitchen to keep preparing meals in Port Alberni

Crisis occurred when COVID-19 restrictions forced a sudden closure of restaurant kitchen

Several Meals on Wheels delivery drivers collect extra meals for their clients on Monday, March 16. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Quality Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart will be dedicating a portion of their opening hours for seniors and vulnerable members of society to shop, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Stores dedicate early hours to seniors, health-compromised shoppers

Quality Foods offers two-hour access, Shoppers Drug Mart offers one hour

Quality Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart will be dedicating a portion of their opening hours for seniors and vulnerable members of society to shop, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media 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
Maggie Hansford poses with her moon landing needlepoint piece that measures six-feet-by-eight-feet. She has it on display at Heritage Place seniors’ home in Port Alberni. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the News)

Port Alberni woman’s needlepoint is out of this world

Maggie Hansford is still looking for a home for her NASA-inspired artwork

  • Mar 9, 2020
Maggie Hansford poses with her moon landing needlepoint piece that measures six-feet-by-eight-feet. She has it on display at Heritage Place seniors’ home in Port Alberni. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the News)
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
Maggi Slassor of Port Alberni can often be found outdoors and on the water at Sproat Lake. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

VALLEY SENIORS: Active Port Alberni senior is in love with Vancouver Island

Maggi Slassor is involved in numerous aspects of her community

  • Feb 26, 2020
Maggi Slassor of Port Alberni can often be found outdoors and on the water at Sproat Lake. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
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)
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)