On Tuesday, May 17, a 30-minute documentary film, called The Remaining Light, will be presented by the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union.
The film is by Goh Iromoto and Shannon Daub. This is a timely film and families of seniors are encouraged to attend.
The documentary 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 our province.
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.
The film screening will be part of a public forum about the state of seniors’ care in Kelowna, and will include a panel presentation and discussions.
Dr. Mary Ann Murphy will be 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.
I have already had the opportunity to view this documentary. In my opinion, this film is worth seeing and the discussion following should further 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, 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 Dec. 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 Remaining Light will be screened at the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College in the lecture theatre (room S104).
Refreshments and light snacks will be served at 4:30 p.m. The panel presentation, film screening and discussion will be from 5 to 7 p.m.
After the May 17 screening, you may view the film again by going to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives website www.policyalternatives.ca. It is the fifth featured story. For more information about this event call the BCGEU at 250-763-6405.
Sharen Marteny is a services consultant for
seniors in Kelowna.