Resource: Updated BC Seniors’ Guide available in multiple languages

The Ministry of Health has updated its BC Seniors’ Guide, with the 12th edition available in seven languages in both print and PDF form.

This latest edition includes sections on digital literacy, cultural safety, LGBTQ2S+ supports, and medical assistance in dying, and also directs individuals to the BC Centre for Disease Control for information regarding COVID-19.

The provincial government said the goal of the guide is to help BC’s growing number of older adults live independently for as long as possible.

“Making sure information and resources about services are readily available for seniors, Elders, their families and caregivers is important to help individuals make informed health decisions and live happy, fulfilling lives,” the Ministry of Health stated in a July 28 news release.

Sections include:

  • Provincial and federal programs
  • Benefits
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Safety & Security
  • Finances
  • Lifestyle

The BC Seniors’ Guide is available in English, French, Farsi, Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, and Vietnamese.

PDF copies in these languages can be downloaded at while print copies can be ordered through the Office of the Seniors Advocate from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., toll free at 1-877-952-3181.

The BC Elders’ Guide (1st edition, 2014) is a similar resource created in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority, and is designed for Indigenous, First Nations, and Métis older adults. It is also available in PDF form at or in print by calling the First Nations Health Authority toll free at 1-866-913-0033. 

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