Background

With a growing aging population, there is a need for increased attention to the health, well-being, and quality of life of older adults, or elders, in our community. Elders’ loneliness and social isolation have increasingly become a public health concern. Currently, elder care in British Columbia is provided by an overtaxed healthcare system. Elders are viewed primarily through their care needs rather than as members of the community. 

When it comes to our elders, the word ‘care’ has begun to lose its meaning. Even before the pandemic began we were increasingly aware of a crisis in our elder care system, and growing research shows the situation has only worsened: inadequate staffing, lack of beds, overburdened nurses, administrators, health-care aides, and care partners, alongside increased social isolation, disconnection, and lack of mobility for our elders.

There is a need to find alternative, community-based solutions to support and care for diverse elders.

Background

With a growing aging population, there is a need for increased attention to the health, well-being, and quality of life of older adults, or elders, in our community. Elders’ loneliness and social isolation have increasingly become a public health concern. Currently, elder care in British Columbia is provided by an overtaxed healthcare system. Elders are viewed primarily through their care needs rather than as members of the community. 

When it comes to our elders, the word ‘care’ has begun to lose its meaning. Even before the pandemic began we were increasingly aware of a crisis in our elder care system, and growing research shows the situation has only worsened: inadequate staffing, lack of beds, overburdened nurses, administrators, health-care aides, and care partners, alongside increased social isolation, disconnection, and lack of mobility for our elders.

There is a need to find alternative, community-based solutions to support and care for diverse elders.