Seniors Health & Safety

Seniors Health & Safety Island Health

This page contains sections about seniors health and safety.

  1. Health and Safety for Seniors
  2. Driving and Transportation
  3. Fall Prevention
  4. Patient Resources
  5. Recreation and Community Services

1. Health and Safety for Seniors

Fall Prevention

Falls are the main reason why older adults lose their independence. Although the risk factors increase with age, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. 

Read this article on Preventing Falls in Seniors with Good Nutrition.

Medication Safety

By learning how to take your medications safely, you can make sure they work properly and avoid negative interactions.

Health Canada is responsible for ensuring access to safe and effective drugs and health products. See: Health Canada Drug and Health Products website.

Flu Clinics

Flu vaccines are provided at a wide variety of locations across the province, including public health clinics, physician’s offices, and pharmacies. 

Lifeline

Lifeline provides you and your loved ones with the reassurance that help is only a push of a button away. There is a cost for activation and monitoring. Learn more about this personal emergency response service

First Nations Elders

The BC Elders' Guide acknowledges and respects the traditional ways of Elders, and the immense cultural value they provide.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

The BC Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association offers services for people experiencing depression or other mental health conditions. For information on local branches and programs, please visit the CMHA BC website

In South Island, Capital Mental Health Association offers a variety of programs and opportunities for adults and seniors experiencing a mental illness designed to promote recovery and well-being.

Recreation Centres and Community Resource Associations

Looking for community programs in your area? Our list of recreation and community centres provides resources that support independence and active living.


2. Driving and Transportation

Getting around in your community is important for maintaining your independence. 

The following resources for seniors are available to help seniors stay mobile in the community.

BCAA Older Drivers (BC-wide)

Safe driving is important for everyone. But as we age, experience can’t always make up for the physical changes age brings. See: BCAA Older Drivers

Victoria Regional Transit Accessible Services (Greater Victoria)

These pages are to help customers, caregivers and family members become familiar with accessible transit services. In addition, click "Contact Us" on the menu then scroll down for a free community travel training program. Trainers come to clients' homes to teach them about using the bus system.

BC Transit (BC-wide)

Find out about fares, bus schedules, maps, and accessible BC Transit services in your area.

Taxi Saver Program (Greater Victoria)

The Taxi Saver Program provides a 50% subsidy towards the cost of taxi rides. You will need to have a handyPASS to use this program.

Disability Resource Centre - parking permits (Island-wide)

Parking permits are for persons with disabilities who are unable to walk more than 100 metres safely. You need to send in an application form and pay a processing fee.


3. Fall Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of all injuries among B.C. seniors and are the main reason why older adults lose their independence.  Every 10 minutes a senior is hospitalized for a fall. 

Are you at risk?

Falls usually occur due to a loss of balance and an inability to recover balance. Learn about what contributes to falls. The provincial government also has an online questionnaire you can use to assess your risk.

Reducing the risk

The following activities can help prevent a fall:


4. Patient Resources

BC Self-Management Programs

BC Self-Management programs are for individuals living with a chronic condition and their families. The learning happens in a group format, by trained peer leaders, for six weeks, and are provided for free in communities throughout BC. Participants learn strategies to better manage living with a chronic condition and live a healthy life.

Patient Voices Network

The Patient Voices Network is a community of BC patients, families, caregivers and others who wish to use their experiences to positively influence the healthcare system – provide resources, webinars, links and more.

HealthLink BC

The HealthLink BC website offers medically-approved information on health topics, symptoms, medications, and tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You may also call 8-1-1 from anywhere in British Columbia to speak with a nurse any time of the day or night. On weekdays, you can speak to a dietitian and at night they have pharmacists available to answer your medication questions.

Yakimovich Wellness Centre

The Yakimovich Wellness Centre offers a variety of health education programs open to adults who want to learn about their health and find community resources focusing on healthy aging.

Alzheimer Society of BC

The Alzheimer Society of BC website lists programs, services, and events listed in your area.

The Arthritis Society

The Arthritis Society provides ambulatory services and programs, inpatient rehabilitation services and educational resources.

BC Lung Association

The BC Lung Association website provides information on lung diseases, smoking cessation programs, air quality, and various other education and support groups.

Canadian Diabetes Association

The Canadian Diabetes Association helps people with diabetes live healthy lives while working to find a cure. The Victoria Medical Supply Store offers supplies needed to manage living well with diabetes.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC/Yukon

The Heart and Stroke Foundation website has a menu of options from health information, funded research, news, and health e-tools (which will help you conduct a self-assessment of your risk factors).

BC Cancer Agency

The BC Cancer Agency provides health information and lists resources for patients and the public.

Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre

The Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre is a vibrant and welcoming non-profit society whose purpose is to strengthen the abilities of their clients, families and communities to manage their physical, psychological and social effects of Parkinson's and epilepsy.

Seniors' Health Promotion Directorate

The Seniors' Health Promotion Directorate provides information about government programs and services for older adults. The goal is to provide the residents of BC with one place to go to find all the information they need to plan for and live a healthy, active aging lifestyle. The website includes sections on health care, finances, benefits, housing, transportation, and more.

BC Housing – Seniors

The BC Housing website lists housing options available to seniors, community connections, eligibility and how to apply.

Council of Senior Citizens Organization of BC (COSCO)

COSCO provides free health promotion workshops, as well as links, events and contact information.

CNIB

CNIB advocates for blind or partially sighted Canadians, provides personalized rehabilitation support, and works with communities to create a barrier-free society.

Island Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centre

The Island Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centre offers counseling and support services to people dealing with a hearing loss.


5. Recreation and Community Services

The following links for seniors can connect you with recreation centres, seniors centres and community associations across the Island.

BC-wide

Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA)

ALCOA strives to promote a society where all older Canadians are leading active lifestyles that contribute to their overall well-being.

Physical Activity Line

British Columbia's primary physical activity counseling service & your resource for practical & trusted physical activity & healthy living information.

Comox Valley - Campbell River

Includes Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, Denman and Hornby Islands, Campbell River, Quadra and Cortes Islands, Gold River, Tahsis and Sayward.

Comox Community Centre

Comox Valley Senior Peer Counseling - Seniors Supporting Seniors
250-871-5940

Campbell River Seniors Centre

Campbell River Senior Peer Counseling Society
250-287-3044

Oceanside - Port Alberni - Westcoast

Includes Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanoose, Bowser, Coombs and Errington, Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino

Parksville Seniors Drop-In Centre 

Qualicum Beach Seniors Activity Center Association
250-752-0420

Ucluelet/Tofino Westcoast Community Resource Society

Drop-in hours or by appointment in Ucluelet or Tofino, surrounding communities by appointment. 
250-726-2343

Nanaimo and Area

Includes Nanaimo, Lantzville, Gabriola Island, and Cedar

Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors

Nanaimo Seniors Visiting Society

A non-profit outreach organization which extends friendship, human contact and assistance to seniors living independently.

Cowichan Valley

Includes Duncan, North Cowichan, Mill Bay, Chemainus, Lake Cowichan, Ladysmith, and Thetis and Kuper Islands

Cowichan Valley Seniors Organization

250-746-4433

Crofton Seniors Centre

250-246-2455

Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre Society

250-246-2111

Ladysmith Resources Centre’s Students Helping Seniors Program

Greater Victoria - Gulf Islands

Includes the Saanich Peninsula, Sooke, Port Renfrew, Greater Victoria, and the Southern Gulf Islands

Greater Victoria Recreation Centres

Recreation centres have programs across the age spectrum and some subsidized programs.

Learn more about the LIFE (Leisure Involvement for Everyone) program.

Saltspring Island Community Directory

Senior Serving Seniors

Provides information and support to seniors in Greater Victoria. Programs offered are Seniors’ Link, Seniors’ Services Directory, Senior Peer Counselors, Seniors in Stitches, and Return to Health.

Silver Threads

Offers a variety of social, fitness and support programs for Seniors at their Victoria and Saanich locations.

Locations

News & Events

​​​​​​​Port Alice Health Centre service model announced

​​​​​​​Port Alice Health Centre service model announced

Island Health is pleased to announce a new service delivery model for Port Alice, based on recent conversations with the Village Council, Port Alice Health Forum and community members.

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