Shauna Sylvester announces plan to tackle challenges faced by Vancouver’s seniors

Sylvester focusing on main issues surrounding senior isolation, affordability of living, mobility challenges, and care.

VANCOUVER, BC, August 26 - Mayoral candidate Shauna Sylvester continued the rollout of her platform today by focusing on senior residents in the city.

“People are living longer and staying active, yet many seniors live alone, are disconnected from their communities, or feel unsupported.

“We need to work with our seniors to engage volunteer centres, community and neighbourhood houses, and other platforms in getting seniors involved with social activities, nutrition support, and community living” said Sylvester while highlighting the growing issue of senior isolation, improper mobility, and poor nutrition.

“Our seniors don’t want to be warehoused; they want to be an active part of their communities. This is why I am proposing the creation of more mixed use living arrangements like cooperatives and co-housing so that seniors can live affordably while retaining a community”.

Her proposed measures focus on:

  • reducing isolation through community platforms and intergenerational activities (e.g. matching
    companion programs, youth mentorship opportunities, and outreach on food and nutrition)
  • tackling affordability through mixed-use living arrangements
  • specific programs focused on addressing senior female poverty
  • enhancing mobility through accessible city infrastructure, enhanced HandyDart services, and better access to public restrooms
  • care mechanisms developed in collaboration with the provincial government to provide quality
    support for seniors experiencing dementia, alzheimer's, and other complex conditions.

Sylvester drew attention to the fact that more than half of single women over 65 live below the poverty line. “While we look at the care and support of all seniors, we also need to address senior female poverty and violence against women” said Sylvester.

“We need to ensure that there is a proper link between hospitals and community services to facilitate moves to extended care facility. And we need to consider regulating home care and enhance supports so seniors can live safely at home longer,” said Sylvester.

Shauna Sylvester is an independent candidate running for Mayor of Vancouver in the 2018 Municipal Elections.


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