Resources for Seniors & Their Families

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For seniors who like to be “in the know”! On this page you will find reports, articles and videos on issues of interest to seniors.

For an extensive listing of services and programs for seniors, click here to find a Service or Program and search the Kootenay Seniors service listings.

Interesting Viewing

The Future of Health Care in Canada

“In this digital story former premier of Saskatchewan and Chair of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada discusses his strong support for Medicare and its “father”, Tommy Douglas. In this podcast, Romanow brings us back to the early discussions on Medicare, a movement that got its start in his home province of Saskatchewan. He shares what endeared him to Tommy Douglas, what inspired his own commitment to the system and the frustration he felt – and continues to feel – knowing many of his Romanow Report recommendations were not implemented.”


Guides, Research and Reports

My Aging Parent is an excellent resource for family members assisting their aging parents. It is full of great articles on everything from health, staying busy, technology, care, coping, legal and much more. There is a discussion forum and video’s too!

Community First Health Co-op  Download a list of health practitioners and services offered from their site.


Old Growth

Nelson’s intergenerational newsletter:

Editor’s Note
Everywhere we look we see a blooming of intergenerational projects, but intergenerational work is not new. It seems people are nostalgic to return to a time where we relied upon one another for wisdom, knowledge and quality time. It’s exciting to have organizations like Nelson CARES being funded to facilitate intergenerational connection, and we are learning together what that means for social change in our community.
Projects endeavoring to bring people together across generations are gaining attention, and the positive experience of these projects is undeniable. I’ve had the fortune of meeting some incredible and inspiring seniors over the last year. My own relationship to older people is changing because of this work. We cannot help but be transformed as we interact with one another, tell stories, and step into new perspectives. Inter-generational work is layered and complex, and I believe we are ultimately seeking to make cultural changes that last.

Old growth forests have a mystery magic to them. The trees have been standing a long time, abiding through ages and changes, seeing the cyclic death of winter and the rebirth of spring. Ancient trees stand beside ferns unfurling, and all are necessary for the health of the forest. No matter our age, we can learn from one another and grow.
Let this newsletter be the humble beginnings of a hub for all things intergenerational already emerging in Nelson. Many are seeing the value in this work, and people naturally connect in this way if given the opportunity. The people writing for this publication are from all walks of life, all ages, and diverse abilities. Let’s celebrate each other and grow together! Thank you to all the contributors in this first edition of Old/Growth.
Click here to download your copy of the newsletter.

Seniors in Transition Report

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) established a working group of representatives of health regions and ministries of health from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and Yukon. These jurisdictions provide CIHI with data that enabled this work. Working group members provided feedback that informed the analyses, interpretation and presentation of this report.

Prevention of Elder Abuse

A Nelson and Area Resource Manual. The manual is intended to list resources and contacts that seniors may feel the most comfortable approaching or sharing information or concerns with. For a downloadable copy of this manual.


An Age Friendly Community Plan for Nelson

Nelson CARES is proud to announce the completion of an Age Friendly Community Action Plan for Nelson! Working in partnership with the City of Nelson and the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute, the Age Friendly Community Initiative conducted a survey of 164 Nelson seniors as well as three focus groups with seniors, community agencies, and City staff and council members. The resulting Action Plan is a blueprint for making Nelson more age-friendly and accessible for seniors. Implementation of key goals will take place over the next two years. Read the Action Plan.

BC Seniors’ Guide

As the population of British Columbia continues to grow, and grow older, we need to support seniors to be as healthy and as independent as possible. We know that older adults prefer to age in their own homes and communities, and may need access to appropriate services and supports in order to do so.

The Government of B.C. is committed to promoting healthy, active aging, and providing information and resources about the services seniors and their families and caregivers need to make good decisions about their health, care, and overall well-being.
The BC Seniors’ Guide is a prime example of this commitment. While more and more seniors are accessing resources online, many seniors tell us that they would rather receive information that they can hold in their hands. With the BC Seniors’ Guide, we make a wealth of useful information available in print and online, in Chinese, English, French, and Punjabi, to reach as many B.C. seniors as we can. In addition, government partnered with the First Nations Health Authority in 2014 to adapt the BC Seniors’ Guide into a new BC Elders’ Guide for First Nations and Aboriginal older adults. You can find the BC Seniors’ Guide and the BC Elders’ Guide online at

In this guide, you will find information and resources on benefits, healthy living, health services, housing, transportation, personal security, finances, and other services. In addition, there is a listing directory at the end of the guide, and questions in each section to consider as you plan to remain as healthy and independent as possible as you grow older. We hope the BC Seniors’ Guide will help you find what you’re looking for.
For more information on government support for seniors, visit the Seniors BC website at

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Keep it Moving

Older Driver Assessment & Mobility Planning – A guide for seniors, their family and friends, who want to make wise decisions about driver retirement
Created by the Seniors Transportation Access and Resources (STAR) program, an initiative of Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST)
STAR Canada
January, 2014


Bracing for the Baby Boomers: Projecting the impact on existing services

Age-Friendly Community Initiative,
Nelson CARES Society
Prepared by: Helen Lutz
June 24, 2014


Aging Out

Moving towards queer and trans* competent care for seniors

This discussion paper is a summary of findings and recommendations to provide culturally competent care for LGBTQ seniors in Residential Care and Assisted Living.

For a download of this report:


This paper can be downloaded from the QMUNITY website

Canadian Senior Discount
Guide: The Ultimate List

The Dealhack Canadian Senior Discounts List is the result of our quarterly survey of brands that offer seniors discounts. Every 3 months, our team independently verifies each and every discount on this list. We also add more brands to the list regularly when we come across them.

The list currently includes more than 50 brands conveniently broken down into 7 categories (and further by age groups within each category). You can also save or print the list to use as a handy reference.

For a PDF copy of this list

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Checklist of Essential Features of Age-friendly Cities

This checklist of essential age-friendly city features is based on the results of the WHO Global Age-Friendly Cities project consultation in 33 cites in 22 Countries. This checklist is a tool for a city’s self-assessment and a map for charting progress. For downloadable a copy of this report.


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