This and That for Quesnel Seniors — Life After 60

Fundraiser for new program coming up Friday, Sept. 27 at Granville’s

Ginnie Dunn Webb

Observer Contributor

A new program to assist seniors, called Life After 60, has originated in our own small city of Quesnel. The intent/hope is that it will spread from here — the farther, the better.

The purpose of the program is to aid seniors who have needs such as dental care, eyeglasses, hearing aids, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, hygiene products, a wheelchair, walkers and more, when they have financial problems affecting their quality of life.

Applications can be accepted at the Seniors Advocacy Office. Consideration will be given to meet the needs of a variety of situations. Funding will be prorated accordingly. The number to call regarding applications is 250-992-9664.

Once the program is properly established, the organizers will launch a lottery for its financial support, hopefully within a three-year window.

However, at this time, donations are being accepted at the Seniors Advocacy Office in the West Park Mall. The phone number there is 250-991-9664. Donations have been coming in already.

Also, there is a Life After 60 pamphlet available at the Seniors Advocacy Office and at Integris Credit Union, which explains the program well.

The Advocacy Office is operated by volunteers and is open part-time on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Granville’s Coffee Shop is providing a fundraising lasagna buffet Friday, Sept 27 from 5-7 p.m. for $12. If you would like to reserve a table for more than four people, please call Rene at 250-992-1170.

Watch for other fundraising opportunities coming up.

The program is the brainchild of Susan McNeill from Seniors Advocacy. She saw the need and began building a group of support people around the program. Representatives of this program have been to Victoria to see Adrian Dix, Minister of Health; Isabel McKenzie from BC Seniors Advocacy; Shane Simpson, Ministry of Poverty and Social Development; and our MLA, Coralee Oakes.

When they began a fundraising program selling buttons for $5 each, the Integris Credit Union bought them all!

As a result of the population of people over 60 increasing at a greater rate than the birth rate for the last 10 years … and baby boomers turning 60 for the past 13 years with lots more to come … and seniors living longer, the need for a program to cover these types of expenses has increased dramatically. We all hope to enjoy our golden years, but some people cannot.

At this time, the Seniors Advocacy Office is actively seeking more donations and inviting people to join them in their fundraising quests, while they work to build the foundation for this program which sets a precedent in the province of B.C. for seniors.

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