VANCOUVER, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Delegates to the B.C. Council of
Seniors Annual General Meeting today elected Arthur Kube to a two-year
term as President of the 80,000 member organization. Kube, a long-time
seniors advocate, says there are many issues where the voice of today's
seniors should be heard.
"There is a pervasive sentiment in some governments, which is also
reflected in the media, that seniors are a burden on society. In fact,
today's seniors are living longer, healthier lives. As society's most
experienced citizens, they are an asset and have much to contribute,"
"The increased longevity of citizens certainly creates challenges - but
it also creates immense opportunities. In my view, government leaders
and program designers have fallen far short in recognizing the positive
contributions seniors can make to society as a whole," he said.
Kube added that much more could be done to address the social
determinants of health - especially income, housing and social
connectedness - to improve the lives of seniors and maximize their
contribution to their communities. "Unfortunately, some governments
seem to be going backwards in these areas," he said. "They must learn
to work and plan with seniors, not for seniors."
The B.C. Council of Seniors - the Council of Senior Citizens
Organizations of B.C. (COSCO) - is currently organizing a major
conference to address the challenges and opportunities resulting from
increased longevity. It will be held Oct. 1 and 2 in Richmond.
COSCO is an umbrella organization that brings together 80 different B.C.
seniors groups to work on common issues. COSCO is also an affiliate of
the one million member National Pensioners and Senior Citizen
Federation, which promotes these issues at the national level. A major
focus of COSCO's work is promoting good health. To this end, COSCO
volunteers province-wide offer a series of free workshops on 35
different topics ranging from falls prevention to health literacy. More
than 6,000 seniors have attended these workshops.
SOURCE B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
For further information:
To arrange interviews on issues related to seniors, please contact Art Kube directly at: 604 576-8000 (home); or email@example.com. Website: www.coscobc.ca.