Drumheller’s senior’s coordinator talks candidly
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.