Serving Greater Vancouver & the Fraser Valley
Union Gospel Mission
Seniors

17/11 November

The senior journey

By Lilianne Fuller Life expectancy in Canada is on the increase. According to Statistics Canada, 20 years ago Canadians had an average life span of 78 years. Today it’s 83. More and more seniors are reaching age 90 and beyond. This has led to society having three categories of seniors;  youthful, middle aged and the […]

17/11 November

In-laws wanted

by Sharon Simpson “What is the difference between an in-law and an outlaw?” the elderly senior asked me. “I’m not sure. What is the difference?” “The outlaw is wanted.” He melted into laughter at his joke. It was an unexpected answer and that caused me to laugh. As I left, I thought about it some […]

17/10 October

Making the decision – to to move to a campus of care?

By Sharon Simpson As we tour seniors through our campus of care, we explain what is involved in the various levels of care that are available in our buildings. It generally takes time to cover how our health care system will help seniors and the potential benefits of living on a campus of care. For […]

17/10 October

Behavioural finances

By Arnold Machel “…for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.”     Ecclesiastes 11:6 Imagine this. You receive a call offering you $200 to participate in a study just a block from your home and with a promise that it will not take […]

17/10 October

The senior journey

By Lillianne Fuller Barring the onset of a catastrophic illness, chronic disease or dementia, seniors are living far more active lives than in the past. In their late 50’s and 60’s they are called Zoomers and their lifestyle differs greatly than that of their parents. Seniors are downsizing, pursuing different interests, and many are providing […]

17/10 October

Reframing retirement

By Marion Van Driel Today’s unprecedented demographic of baby boomers are changing the definition of what it means to be a senior. They’re younger than their parents were at the same age. They are generally more active both physically and intellectually, seeking ways to contribute to society, to have a sense of purpose as they […]

17/10 October

White Rock + Surrey 2 – snapshots of faith

BY PETER BIGGS [See Other Cities snapshots of faith- incl. SURREY 1]   TABLE of CONTENTS (click below to go to:) THE VILLAGE CHURCH – (includes interview with Lead Pastor Mark Clark) Introduction & background Two cities – one community Penninsular Pastors Network Surrey Pastors Fellowship Going to the Mayor Catholic presence A Rocha Youth […]

17/09 September 2017

The senior journey

By Lilianne Fuller Today’s medical technology and scientific advances have led to people in North America living longer. Many are living into their 80’s and 90’s, with some reaching that milestone age of 100. A handful of people are going beyond, as centenarians. This has led to a new phenomenon. Today, society has three generations […]

17/07 July 2017

Great is God’s faithfulness to fathers

by Sharon Simpson   Every Father’s Day on our campus of care, we invite the men from the apartments to join in a special Father’s Day brunch. The food is delicious and the men appreciate enjoying the time together while our staff honours their role as father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Poems, tributes, recollections and memories […]

17/06 June 2017

Senior living in Abbotsford

by Sharon Simpson   With its gorgeous views of the mountains, its inviting climate and the amenities of a large urban centre, Abbotsford is an ideal city for seniors to call home. For years, Abbotsford has been the destination for retiring prairie folk who favour the milder climate. Many of the original farm settlers started […]