Resources

This page lists some resources that are useful for older adults and professionals who work with them.

BC Seniors’ Guide 12th Edition

The BC Seniors Guide is a short book that compiles the resources and services available to BC Seniors. The resources are categorized as key resources, lifestyle, health, housing, transportation, finances, and safety and security. The 12th edition is available in 6 additional languages: French, Chinese, Punjabi, Vietnamese, Korean, and Farsi. To access the guide as a PDF, eBook, or to request a physical copy, visit this link here.

 
 
 
 
 


RCMP Seniors’ Guidebook to Safety and Security

The RCMP Seniors’ Guidebook to Safety and Security answers some common questions regarding safety that seniors, as well as their friends and family, may have. Some topics include home security, vehicle safety, and Power of Attorney. Click here to access the e-book.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

E-Book: Understanding and Responding to Elder Abuse


E-Books: People’s Law School

Below are links to e-books prepared by the People’s Law School, a British Columbian non-profit which provides public legal education and information. Beneath each link is the description of the book provided by the People’s Law School.

When I’m 64: Services for Seniors

When I’m 64: Services for Older Adults explains the services available to help older adults make informed decisions and lead a healthy life as they age. It covers health care, housing, transportation and recreation services. The information is current to January 2020.

 

 

 

When I’m 64: Benefits for Older Adults

When I’m 64: Benefits for Older Adults explains what financial help older adults in British Columbia can get from government sources. It covers Old Age Security, the Canada Pension PlanEmployment Insurance, and welfare benefits for older adults. The information is current to January 2018.

 

 

 

Planning For Your Future

Planning for Your Future highlights your options in four main areas: health care, personal care, financial affairs, and legal matters. This information is current to May 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing Your Will

Preparing Your Will is for people who are preparing a Will in British Columbia. This publication explains how to prepare a will, what to consider when appointing an executor, and next steps after the will are finished. This edition reflects the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, which became law in 2014.

 

 

 

Power of Attorney 

Power of Attorney tells you how a power of attorney can be used to give someone the legal power to take care of financial and legal matters for you. It explains the types of powers of attorney, who can be an attorney, their powers and responsibilities, and how to end such an arrangement. The information is current to March 2019.

 

 

 

Scams to Avoid 

Scams to Avoid helps you learn how to spot and guard against scams that try to trick you out of your money. This publication covers 15 of the most common scams that affect British Columbians, explains the growing problem of identity theft, and tells you the steps to take if you have been the victim of a scam. The information is current to March 2017.

Elder Abuse Prevention Series – HealthLink BC Files

Preventing Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults - HealthLink BC File #93aHealthLink BC released the latest edition of the Elder Abuse Prevention Files: Preventing Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults, Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults: Information for Family Caregivers, Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults: Understanding Gender Differences, and Financial Abuse of Older Adults. Seniors First BC was a part of the team that reviewed these files. To view these files, click on the links below.

http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile93a.stm
http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile93b.stm
http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile93c.stm
http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile93d.stm

The HealthLinkBC Files provide information on key health topics, including elder abuse prevention. Most files are available in English and translated languages. You can search or browse the HealthLinkBC Files for information about a specific health topic or concern at http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/servicesresources/healthlinkbcfiles/index.html.


Fact Sheet on Elder Abuse and Other Resources for Settlement Workers

Elder-Abuse-Fact Sheet for Immigrants

Seniors First BC is proud to have contributed to the Justice Education Society’s new fact sheet on Elder Abuse.

This and various other legal resources for settlement workers can be viewed at the following link: http://www.justiceeducation.ca/sites/default/files/pdfs/english/Elder-Abuse.pdf 


Making Your Workplace Dementia Friendly

Dementia-friendlyBelow are links to three publications by the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia. Each publication is tailored to a different professional audience, and has been developed with the help of expert committees. Here is what the Alzheimer Society has to say about its work:

“Think about your typical day in the office: would you know if a client or customer had Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia? If you recognized the signs would you know what you could do to make their experience as positive as possible?