Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for
Seniors Darryl Plecas has issued the following statement in recognition
of National Seniors Day as well as International Day of Older Persons:
“Seniors are the heart and soul of B.C. communities. They live healthy,
active lives and continue to contribute in many ways to our province.
They advocate for their friends and neighbours, they volunteer for
countless good causes, and they are often caregivers for their loved
“Since my appointment as Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors this year,
I’ve been travelling around British Columbia meeting with seniors and
seniors’ groups, speaking with them as well as listening to their
“Earlier this week, I was honoured to present the ‘Let’s Embrace Aging
Passionately’ award at the annual BC Seniors Living Association
conference. The winner, Janet Shier, is a 12-year resident at Cavell
Gardens in Vancouver. Janet just turned 100 and is a perfect example of
the many active, independent seniors living in communities throughout
“Government is committed to strengthening the services seniors receive
and continues to make significant investments in supports ranging from
home health to assisted living, and residential care services.
“We have also heard from older adults that care and supports in their
local community are important and this is a large part of our strategic
focus, as we work to improve the quality of life of B.C seniors. In
fact, the Province recently announced $500,000 for the 2016 Age-
friendly grants, which allow communities to plan ahead to better
accommodate seniors’ needs and independence close to home.
“We have delivered on commitments, such as establishing a seniors’
advocate, expanding non-medical home support to help older British
Columbians stay at home longer, and strengthening protection for
seniors from abuse and neglect.
“Protecting seniors is a top priority. Elder abuse can take many forms,
from physical to emotional or financial.
“With this in mind, a provincial online resource on elder abuse is now
available. The Elder Abuse Reduction Curricular Resource consists of a
guide and a presentation that focuses on detection and prevention. The
resource includes activities, videos and articles. It’s designed for
educational and training institutions and non-profit agencies, as well
as the public and those that work with seniors, such as care facility
“Seniors helped build B.C. – they deserve our heartfelt gratitude as
well as our respect.”
For more information, visit: https://urls.bccampus.ca/5vz