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WHATA trained legal advocate who is a paralegal provides legal information to those who call the Seniors Advocacy & Information Line. Advocates provide legal representation to older adults with problems related to access to safe housing, access to government benefits and pensions and elder abuse.
WHYTo prevent elder abuse and to provide assistance and support to older adults whose rights have been violated.
WHERESeniors First BC (formerly BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support).
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. British Columbia, Canada.

Program Description

In addition to problems with problems related to senior access to safe housing, senior access to government benefits and pensions and elder abuse a legal advocate for seniors can also provide some limited information about elder abuse and the legal rights of older adults to friends, family members and professionals who are concerned about an older adult.

Seniors First BC Legal Advocacy also administers the Seniors Advocacy and Information Line which is a toll free telephone line for older adults and others to speak to trained professionals about elder abuse and legal questions.

Seniors First BC is committed to protecting the legal rights of older adults, increasing access to justice for older adults, informing the public about elder abuse and providing supportive programs for older adults who have been abused.

More Programs by the BC Center for Elder Advocacy

BC Centre for Elder & Advocacy Support Victim Services Program: Helps victims of elder abuse or a crime to access the justice system and provides them with emotional support.

BC Centre for Elder & Advocacy Elder Law Clinic Program Provides free legal services to seniors/older adults age 55+.

BC Centre for Elder & Advocacy Education & Outreach Programs Elder advocacy, elder abuse prevention education and workshops delivered by staff, and through senior peer-to-peer workshops.


Senior Housing Rental Initiative Program - Affordable housing developments for seniors or persons with disabilities. British Columbia (BC) Canada.

Guru Nanak Niwas Assisted Living and Independent Living Facility" Program - An assisted living and independent living facility designed specifically for the South Asian community in Canada. Staff members are fluent in English, Punjabi, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu and Fijian Hindi languages. British Columbia (BC) Canada.

Duet Bike Program for Seniors - Allows wheelchair bound senior residents at a nursing care facility to ride a specially designed senior bicycle along with another person. British Columbia (BC) Canada.

Rainbow Vision LGBT Senior Housing and Assisted Living
- Condominium, Independent and Assisted Living for LGBT seniors which offers a trial stay to those who wish to test out the facilities before moving in. British Columbia (BC) Canada.

Healthy Eating for Seniors Handbook Program
- A 200 page guide on elderly nutrition put together with the help of dietitians, senior focus groups and the Government of British Columbia.

Find out more about Seniors First BC Legal Advocacy Program


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