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Janine Farrell’s Blog Posts

Janine is the former Seniors Care Researcher at the CCPA-BC. She is completing her Masters in Public Health with a concentration on social inequities and health at SFU. Her work examines the impact of socio-political, economic, historical, and environmental factors on the health of individuals and populations in Canada. Janine is committed to integrating grassroots and community-based action and research with macro level approaches to social change, including progressive policy reform, for the promotion of justice and equity in health care for all.

Why wheelchair fees are not ‘fair’ and what they say about the state of seniors care in BC

July 5th, 2013 · Janine Farrell · 7 Comments · Health care, Human rights, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Seniors

The recent announcement of a $25/month user fee for wheelchairs used by people in long-term care facilities in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions has been unpopular – particularly given the simultaneous announcement of pay raises for top government political staff. Premier Clark has since withdrawn the promise of pay raises, except for her […]

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Beyond the economy: Where are BC’s major parties on health care and our aging population?

May 7th, 2013 · Janine Farrell · 9 Comments · Economy, Health care, Seniors

By Shannon Daub & Janine Farrell We have been surprised, to say the least, at the lack of public discourse around health care during this election period.  As a top-of-mind issue for British Columbians, you’d think it would be as central as the always large and looming economy. So what are the burning issues in […]

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Final election fact sheet: Enhancing social support for seniors living in BC

May 6th, 2013 · Janine Farrell · Comments Off · Health care, Seniors

We have completed the last of our series of three fact sheets on seniors issues in preparation for the upcoming election! This fact sheet highlights the importance of communities that are inclusive and accessible to people of all ages and abilities.  And, while it is important for seniors to “age in place,” they must also be […]

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BC Office: Fact sheet on affordable housing options for seniors now available.

April 18th, 2013 · Janine Farrell · Comments Off · Health care, Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Seniors

BC’s provincial government has said it is committed to ensuring seniors can remain in their homes and “age in place.” Yet, the lack of adequate and affordable housing in BC means many seniors are forced to choose between paying for accommodation or buying food and prescription drugs, accessing transportation or participating in their communities. The […]

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BC Office: Seniors Fact Sheet Series

March 18th, 2013 · Janine Farrell · 1 Comment · Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Seniors

Here at the CCPA, we are exploring how we can ensure our elders have the resources and supports needed to retain their health and dignity as they grow older. Many British Columbians wonder if our health system will be able to provide a high standard of care to the whole population as the baby boomer […]

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Seniors Advocate position a mixed bag of hopeful and disappointing

February 21st, 2013 · Janine Farrell · 2 Comments · Health care, Provincial budget & finance, Seniors

A year ago (February 2012), the province’s Ombudsperson released a comprehensive report addressing the crisis in BC’s home and community care system, including 176 recommendations for a creating a more accessible and accountable system. The centrepiece of the provincial government’s response was the announcement that it would create an Office of the Seniors Advocate, following […]

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Spot the Seniors: 2013 Budget Edition

February 21st, 2013 · Janine Farrell · 3 Comments · Health care, Provincial budget & finance

As mentioned in last week’s Speech from the Throne and Tuesday’s 2013 provincial budget, BC’s population is aging. It’s projected the seniors population in BC will double over the next 25 years – meaning more than 30% of our population will be over the age of 65 by 2036. While the budget does mention aspects […]

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