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'The Remaining Light'

A 30-minute documentary film called “The Remaining Light” is available through the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union. The film is by Goh Iromoto and Shannon Daub. This is a timely film for families of seniors.

The documentary film is a journey through an often invisible part of Canada’s Health Care System. It is set against a backdrop of an aging population and a system of seniors’ care in crisis. The film explores what it means to age and die with dignity. It includes preventing illness and social isolation which is a key reason for depression. Seniors, their families and experts in the field including those who work day-to-day with seniors talk about the services and supports that are needed, where we are failing, and their hopes for a stronger system of care.

The film, which is set in British Columbia also provides context about community-based health care policy and funding in British Columbia. It discusses keeping health care costs under control as the generation ages. However, the film’s themes and stories will resonate with people across Canada who worry that we need to provide seniors with the dignity and respect they deserve.

On May 17th, a public forum about the State of Seniors’ Care in Kelowna was held in Kelowna that included a presentation, film screening and discussions. Dr. Mary Ann Murphy was a member of the panel. Dr. Murphy is well known for her research related to aging. She works through the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus.

Being with Seniors Consulting, I had the opportunity to view this documentary film. In my opinion this film is worth seeing. Further discussion by local groups should highlight the issues that families need to deal with here in Kelowna.

The film is based in part on research conducted through the Economic Security Project, a research partnership led by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Simon Fraser University, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Currently, the British Columbia Ombudsperson, Kim Carter is carrying out an investigation into a fragmented underfunded system of seniors care. Part 1 of the Ombudsperson’s report, The Best of Care: Getting it Right for Seniors in British Columbia was released on December 17, 2009. It contains 10 recommendations that focus exclusively on issues affecting seniors in residential care. Part 2 deals with general home and community care issues, as well as home support, assisted living and additional aspects of residential care.

The 30 minute documentary film can be seen below or by going to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA-BC) site www.policyalternatives.ca.

The Remaining Light - A documentary film about how we care for seniors from CCPA on Vimeo.

For more information about the Remaining Light documentary film contact the BCGEU at 250-763-6405

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About the Author

Sharen Marteny created Seniors Consulting a division of Marteny Seniors Consulting Ltd, which assists families of seniors determine the needs and wants of seniors when living at home is no longer an option. Care Coordination is done for seniors when the family does not live in the area and provides a temporary 24-hour emergency contact to allow families to take a well deserved vacation or respite.

She is a member of the United Way Campaign and focuses on raising funds for registered charities that relate to seniors. She is also on the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission Advisory Board to ensure the products and services that seniors need will be available. Sharen's goal is to ensure that issues relevant to seniors are addressed.

She is a Certified Seniors Advisor with over 25 years experience in management and the seniors' retirement industry.



The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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