Mackenzie has already visited Terrace, Williams Lake and Prince George, and is looking to corroborate the unique differences, and similarities of the challenges seniors are experiencing in rural parts of B.C., as well as the province as a whole.
“I sure would like to know if there are some (issues) that are specific to Fort St. John but I would (also) like to know if there are some that may impact all seniors, regardless of where they live,” Mackenzie explained. “I’m just looking for seniors in Fort St. John to come and help me learn more about there unique needs and circumstances.”
Mackenzie says common complaints she’s heard surrounding the Northeast and Northwest are the burden of attending medical appointments, finding appropriate housing, public transportation and the cost of receiving specialized medical attention.
“In the north, winter is going to present some special challenges, with regards to slipping and falling on ice and sidewalk, getting out of the house when there’s snow,” Mackenzie said. “For seniors who drive, it’s going to be more challenging in the winter time, and we don’t see those issues much on the lower mainland.”
The meeting is taking place June 16, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at the Pomeroy Spots Centre.