Learning to navigate the health care system

The Ladysmith SEniors Office is hosting a Seniors Showcase about the health care system March 20 at Eagles Hall.

”Navigating the Health Care System” is the topic for the next Seniors Showcase hosted by the Ladysmith Seniors Office, coming up later this month.

The next showcase will be held Thursday, March 20 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Ladysmith Eagles Hall at 921 First Ave.

There will be a review of many of the available medical services and what you can expect from them. Effective communication between the patient and the health care provider will be emphasized. Ted Pearson, a trained senior volunteer facilitator, will present practical and useful information, “free of technical jargon,” according to the Seniors Office.

This presentation is one of the COSCO (Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of B.C.) Seniors Health and Wellness Institutes health promotion workshops.

Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.  Please call Brenda at 250-245-3079 to register.  If you have not registered, you are encouraged to feel free to drop in.

The Ladysmith Seniors Office is available for anyone older than 55 and provides information, peer counselling, or assistance with government forms, and much more.  The Seniors Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 630 Second Ave.

The Community Volunteer Tax Program starts Monday, March 17. The program is available to low-income residents (who make $30,000 or less for singles and $40,000 for couples).  The intake volunteers will be available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The mission of the Seniors Office is to co-ordinate, facilitate and provide community services and information to enhance the physical, mental and emotional health and well-being of seniors in Ladysmith and the surrounding area.