Drumheller’s se­nior’s co­or­di­na­tor talks can­didly

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Rose Poul­son...

ac­cess dif­fer­ent kinds of sub­si­dies, I can ad­vo­cate for other is­sues they have. I or­ga­nize pro­grams for se­niors. I am very busy. It is a very long list of things. spot to or­ga­nize things for our se­niors. Al­though a lot of the pro­grams I help se­niors with are fed­eral and pro­vin­cial. There is a big need for se­nior’s co­or­di­na­tors be­cause we have an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion and a very large num­ber of se­niors in our com­mu­nity. I also find there are a lot of se­niors who need as­sis­tance in pro­grams and ser­vices for se­niors, and in fund­ing es­pe­cially. There is an in­creas­ing need for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for se­niors these days. se­niors strug­gle. I also see se­niors who are lonely and re­ally need so­cial­iza­tion. It’s re­ally hard to see and I wish I could reach out to all of them. But that is the tough­est part. It is re­ally hard for se­niors to make it on a fixed in­come right now. It seems to be get­ting worse, things seem to be get­ting more ex­pen­sive and tougher on se­niors to make things work. I think a big thing in Drumheller is trans­porta­tion or the cost there of, to get to other com­mu­ni­ties for things like doc­tors ap­point­ments. There are ser­vices avail­able, but they are quite ex­pen­sive, and there are ser­vices avail­able from the province to help with that but it of­ten isn’t enough. For a lot of se­niors who have many health re­lated is­sues, they have to go and see some­one. A lot of the time it is not once or twice they have to see some­one but many times and it is a huge fi­nan­cial bur­den for them. So that is one dis­ad­van­tage for se­niors in a smaller com­mu­nity. Trans­porta­tion. and places in the com­mu­nity. It is great to see se­niors come out and en­joy these ac­tiv­i­ties.

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