When assuming the important responsibility of caring for an elderly loved one, searching for the necessary information can be very daunting, and services are often “siloed”. Wilson Marshall’s Elder Law and Elder Care Tools and Resources page provides convenient links to several websites with valuable information for seniors and their families. We are proud to be a member of the Greater Victoria community, which offers a multitude of services to support the needs, and meet the potentials of an aging population.

211 British Columbia

BC211 is a non-profit society that connects people to community, health and government resources for help, where and when they need it. The “Older Adults” section of the 211 website allows users to search for services by inputting location (i.e., postal code or community) and selecting a type of service. The website includes information on services in the following subject areas: Advocacy and Helplines, Day Programs, Dementia, Elder Abuse, Financial Assistance, Health Conditions, Home Support, Housing, Meals, Social and Recreation and Transportation.

Active Aging Canada

Active Aging Canada is a national non-for-profit organization committed to promoting healthy aging among older Canadian adults, and provides information regarding active living while aging. This information takes into account health considerations such as cancer or diabetes and provides guidance for remaining active while experiencing these conditions.

Benefits Finder

The Benefits Finder tool is a survey created by the Canadian government. After completion, it provides the respondent with a customized list of federal and provincial programs and benefits, based on the answers to the survey and the geographic location of the senior.

Disability Alliance BC (DABC)

Disability Alliance BC (DABC) is an organization that has been advocating for and supporting people with all disabilities across British Columbia since 1977. DABC offers several direct services such as a Disability Law Clinic, assistance with filing income taxes (in the form of appointments and further resources), and assistance with applying for disability benefits, both federal and provincial.

Find Support BC

FindSupport BC is an organization connecting families of people with disabilities with available resources. The FindSupport BC website allows participants to fill in the following criteria: age, disability, region and city in order to connect them with accessible and supportive resources.

EXAMPLE: Entering the criteria: 67, Deaf-Blind, Vancouver Island South, Brentwood Bay resulted in links to over 100 resources categorized into areas such as: Funding, Government Support and Health.

Government of Canada – Programs and Services for Seniors

This page from the Government of Canada website details programs and services for seniors, and is an excellent resource for those seeking to learn more about federal financial support

Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health – Community Resources

The University of Victoria’s Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health offers several resources aimed at improving the health and quality of life of seniors and their caregivers. These resources include a booklet for caregivers and a toolkit for caregivers about driving.

Self-Management British Columbia

Self-Management BC offers free health programs for adults living with one or multiple ongoing health conditions. These programs are offered throughout British Columbia online, via phone or mail.

Seniors 101 – Greater Victoria Directory

The Seniors 101 directory contains the phone numbers, addresses and other contact information of services, institutions and organizations, which may be of interest to seniors and/or caregivers in the Greater Victoria Area.

Seniors First BC

The Seniors First BC website provides elder law information and contains legal articles, an elder law glossary, as well as other valuable resources.

Senior Services Directory: A Community Resource Handbook for the Capital Region

This extensive directory produced by Seniors Serving Seniors contains descriptions and contact information for organizations available to support seniors in the Capital Regional District. Services include the following: activity and recreation, adult day programs and bathing programs, counseling, financial assistance, health, home help, housing, legal resources, medical equipment and supplies, safety and security, support groups, and transportation, among others.