Public Education and Outreach
Our workshops raise awareness about elder abuse and provide older adults with strategies and resources to protect their rights. We deliver workshops to the public or by request from organizations. For our upcoming workshops, visit our event page here. If you would like to schedule a workshop for your organization, complete our workshop request form at the bottom of the page. Our workshop topics:
Elder Abuse: What Is It? How Do We Deal With It?
Previously known as “Building Community Connections to Help Stop Mistreatment and Neglect of Older Adults”, this 90-minute workshop addresses the correlation between social isolation and abuse of older adults, types of abuse and people involved, and strategies to deal with abuse. We discuss the importance of staying connected to others through brainstorming community resources, and viewing a short video depicting a fictional story of social isolation and elder abuse.
Powers of Attorney, Joint Bank Accounts and Representation Agreements
This 60 to 90-minute workshop provides older adults with information to protect their finances, to recognize and respond to financial abuse, and to access resources for further assistance. We focus on the importance of advance planning, forms of financial abuse through joint bank accounts and powers of attorney, and strategies to deal with financial abuse.
Frauds and Scams
This workshop introduces what frauds and scams are, common types that are targeting Canadian seniors, safety strategies, and resources to consult if you or someone you know has been affected by a scam.
Seniors First BC Program Introduction
This presentation introduces Seniors First BC’s programs and services. Additionally, it provides an overview of recent trends, statistics, and common issues that are facing older adults, along with examples of situations where Seniors First BC’s programs could assist older adults experiencing abuse.
Additionally, our legal advocates deliver workshops on Residential Tenancy and Government Benefits. Given their schedules, these workshops are delivered with limited availability.
Residential Tenancy for Older Adults Workshop
This 60-minute workshop covers information on Residential Tenancy Law in British Columbia; including the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, and the process involved in dispute resolution with the Residential Tenancy Branch.
Government Benefits for Older Adults
This 90-minute workshop provides an informative overview to numerous federal and provincial government benefits for seniors – including Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Fair Pharmacare, BC Senior Supplement, Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER).
This program is funded by the Province of BC, Community Gaming Grant.