Raising the Profile of the Community-Based Seniors’ Services Sector in B.C.:
A Review of the Literature
In B.C. our population is aging, and Statistics Canada estimates that by 2038 approximately 1/4 of British Columbians will be seniors. At the forefront of providing services to our aging population are municipal and non-profit community-based seniors’ services, which provide a range of low-barrier programs and services to seniors in the core areas of nutritional supports; health and wellness; physical activity; educational, cultural and recreational programs; information, referral, and advocacy; transportation; and affordable housing. Community-based seniors’ services play a critical role in supporting seniors to age in place by helping them to remain physically active, socially engaged, and as healthy and independent as possible. Yet there is a limited recognition of the important role played by the community-based seniors’ services sector in the broader community and by government, and limited Canadian research on the contribution this sector makes in supporting seniors to age well.
The Raising the Profile Project is an independent project led by seniors and an Advisory Committee representing non-profits and municipalities across the province. The project’s goals are to raise the profile of community-based seniors’ services, identify the funding and service gaps, build the case for investing in these services, and make recommendations about how to build the long-term capacity of the sector to meet the rising needs of seniors in B.C.
The report Raising the Profile of the Community-Based Seniors’ Services Sector in B.C.: A Review of the Literature outlines frameworks for understanding the role of the community-based seniors’ services sector in B.C. and brings together considerable evidence showing that the health promotion and prevention programming offered by the sector can foster resilience, and result in significant improvements in seniors’ health. In particular, it highlights nutrition, physical activity, and social support as three key areas in which community-based seniors’ services may substantially impact the health and well-being of seniors and reduce the use and cost of healthcare services.
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