Seniors’ Care identifies five areas of concern

Seniors are warned to beware of letters promising the recipient has won a lot of money

About 51 seniors attended the Seniors Care meeting at the Royal Canadian Legion branch 94 in Quesnel April 19.

Chairman Peter Nielsen thanked the Legion for providing the venue for our meetings and for everyone turning out. From the previous two meetings, Nielsen and a small committee found seniors to be very concerned about five main issues here in our community. They are senior’s housing, residential and home care, hospital and health care, transportation, and driver’s licence.

Adam Schann of MLA Bob Simpson’s office spoke about the DriveAble program and is looking at circulating a petition on behalf of DriveAble to enable seniors to take the road test in communities where they live. Seniors are also concerned about the increase in fees and are hoping for a review of the examining process. As it stands now, those going through the DriveAble program must go through the Prince George government office.

While seniors had an opportunity to further voice their concerns on one of the issues, it was felt that to be most effective only one issue should be tackled at a time.

Ron Paull encouraged those who are not members of either the OAPO Golden Centre or the Seniors’ Centre to do so as these numbers would give clout and legitimacy to seniors in our community. They are eagerly awaiting the results of a survey done recently by the Lions Club on what seniors feel are their most crucial needs.

There will be a Seniors Care Forum at the Legion on the morning of June 5 but the time has not been set. There will be more about this later. The next monthly meeting of Seniors Care is May 17 at 2 p.m. in the Legion. All seniors are welcome.

Beware of scams

You’ve heard it before but there have been very convincing letters received locally where the recipient has won a great deal of money. The only catch is they must forward a processing fee in a self addressed envelope before winnings are released. One friend in this community recently received a total of seven such letters in one day. They originated in British Columbia, California and Florida.

From what I’ve heard from someone who had a bad experience in this regard, money is sent for the processing fee but that’s the last they hear about their prize.

The thing is the letters looks very legitimate.

If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

Ruth Scoullar is a seniors’ advocate and regular Observer columnist.


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