News from Kamloops

May 27, 2014

Seniors Symposium addresses Age Friendly issues

Kamloops, B.C. – Oncore Central Services and the City of Kamloops will host the inaugural Senior Symposium “Age Friendly Cities and Rural Communities” to be held Friday, June 13th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre in Kamloops. 

Age Friendly has become a worldwide movement to create great places to grow up and grow old. As a designated Age Friendly City, Kamloops is making enormous strides at encouraging active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security.  

BC’s first Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie will be the keynote speaker.  Presentations feature advice on being active, how to understand your Canada Pension Plan/Old Age Pension, how to protect your investments, and tips on your personal safety at home and on the street.
Seniors, family members, caregivers, service providers, advocates, and community stakeholders are invited to attend this symposium.  To register call 250-828-3500 and quote program #228182.

Some of the presentations include:

Supporting Our Aging Loved Ones, What You Need To Know
How to effectively prepare for and communicate with our aging loved ones through transitions they may be experiencing. Topics include:  Changing Dynamics, Communication with Aging Loved Ones and Family, Signs to Watch For, Self-Care and Available Resources.  A panel of Community Service Providers will give information about available community resources and answer questions.  Delivered in partnership with the City of Kamloops, United Way TNC, Chartwell and Interior Health.  

Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security:  Getting what you are entitled to
An overview of both CPP/OAS and the sub-programs within the larger programs – Retirement, Post Retirement, Disability, Survivor, Death and Children’s benefits as well as basic OAS and the three Low Income Supplements.  The presentation will cover qualifying and disqualifying conditions, recent changes to both programs, portability (collecting outside the country).  Finally, information about calculation provisions that can change entitlement is provided, including; Child Rearing Drop-Out, Pension Sharing, Credit Splitting, Estimates and Involuntary Separation.

How to Excel at Active Aging
A fun, interactive presentation providing information about City of Kamloops Health and Wellness programming, as well as some “Get Moving” activities for seniors.

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Media Contact:
Suzan Goguen, Executive Director
Oncore Central Services

Nicole Beauregard, Active Living and Sport Development Coordinator
City of Kamloops