Useful Information

7 Numbers Every Senior Needs!

Credit: Poster taken from Fraser Health's website

7 numbers seniors need


Understanding MSP Premium Assistance

The March 2016 issue of COSCO News, the newsletter of the Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations of BC, has an informative article regarding how seniors can apply for subsidies to their Medical Services Plan (MSP) contributions.  To view the newsletter please visit the COSCO website or click here.


Province Increases Assets Limits for PWD Recipients

The Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has provided a community update about an important change BC's Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation has made to the asset levels for people receiving provincial disability benefits (PWD).


Form Completion Program

Burnaby Community Services (BCS) is now offering a Form Completion Program service for persons with low income.

Forms they can help with:

  • Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
  • Old Age Security (OAS)
  • Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
  • Fair Pharmacare
  • Medical Services Plan (MSP)
  • Bus Pass Applications
  • SAFER Applications.

Please call 604-299-5778 for an appointment

Brentwood Community Resource Centre,
2055 Rosser Avenue, Burnaby, BC


Spouses and Caregiving

The Elder Voice Newsletter September 2015 contains some very relevant information about caregiving spouses.  Below is an excerpt.

"As we came into the building, we saw them standing at the elevator. She turned to her husband and starting yelling,  "No, you press the up button! I explained that to you a million times." She slammed the button and turned away from him. Her shoulders began to shake, her hands went to her face, and she started to cry. Everything showed in that minute--grief, loss, abuse, burnout, and the pain of loving someone who is slipping away.

We often talk about caregivers as a group, but there are many different kinds of caregivers, in different situations. This month, Elder Voice focuses on spouses and caregiving. ... "

To read the full article please click here.


Caregivers in Distress Report

The Office of the Seniors Advocate has released its new report "Caregivers in Distress: More Respite Needed".  This is a very teliing and eye-opening report on the state of the caregiving of seniors in BC.

Caregivers in Distress Cover Page

The Introduction section of the Report is reproduced below, to read or download the full report please click here.

Caregivers in Distress: More Respite Needed
Office of the Seniors Advocate
September 2015


There are over 30,000 seniors in British Columbia for whom the ability to live as independently as possible is enhanced by the contributions of an unpaid caregiver. Without the support of these unpaid caregivers, who can be spouses, or other family members, neighbours, friends or volunteers, the responsibility and concomitant cost for the services they provide would fall to governments at the local, provincial and federal level. A 2009 economic study estimated that on a national level, the value of unpaid caregiver labour is $25 to $65 billion per year.1 B.C.'s share of this could reasonably be estimated at $4.1 billion in 2015 allowing for population growth and inflation.