SENIORCENTRIC WEEK ENDING NOV 13, 2021

Scanning the globe for news by, for and about Senior Citizens

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It is so stressful for these seniors. I have no doubt in my mind if the government doesn’t take action, these seniors will wind up being homeless.

New Democrat Jenny Kwan: Thousands of low-income families, seniors see decline in federal aid benefits, documents show
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SFU survey: seniors struggled with B.C.’s digital vaccine card rollout

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Trudeau announces more money for seniors

Seniors home honours veterans

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Oldest living veteran in Canada honoured at 110 years old

Reuben Sinclair served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during Second World War

If you ask Reuben Sinclair what the key is to a long and rewarding life, the 110-year old won’t shy away from sharing some words of wisdom.

“Never worry,” he said to a crowd of fellow servicemen and reporters moments before he was honoured at a Remembrance Day ceremony inside a Vancouver elementary school on Wednesday.

“If you have a problem, fix it. And that goes a long way,” he said.

Sinclair is the oldest living veteran in Canada, having served during the Second World War for three years in the Royal Canadian Air Force. His age also makes him one of the oldest living men in the country.

“I always found time to help people who were less fortunate, and I think that’s one of the reasons the good lord keeps me around,” he said laughing.

After laying a wreath at Talmud Torah Elementary school, Sinclair was awarded service medals by the Royal Canadian Legion — the latest in a long list of accolades he’s received over his lifetime.

His daughter, Nadine Lipetz, said she was proud the children “have a chance to meet a veteran who has a story to tell, and hopefully they can learn from it.” 

Sinclair was born on a farm in Lipton, Sask. His birth certificate reads that he was born on Dec. 5, 1911 — but his family says he was actually born months earlier.

“His older brothers told him he was born in the summer of 1911,” said Lipetz. “We think it was the registration date that we’ve used as his birthday, but in effect he’s really 110.”

Sinclair worked a number of different jobs during the Great Depression before enrolling in an accounting course. He was hired by the Treasury Department, where he worked until the Second World War.

Lipetz says her father said he couldn’t stand by and do nothing while people were dying in Europe.

He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at 31, but he was diagnosed with flat feet which kept him from serving overseas, Lipetz said.

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Kamal Khera, Trudeau’s youngest minister, says she’ll draw on her pandemic experiences in cabinet

Kamal Khera says she’s bringing her background as a nurse into her new position as seniors minister

It’s been a difficult time for everyone — but consider Kamal Khera’s last 19 months.

In the uncertain days of March, 2020, the Liberal MP for Brampton West was one of the first Canadian politicians to test positive for COVID-19.

A registered nurse, Khera later dusted off her scrubs to pitch in on the front lines.

Her father and a beloved uncle died within weeks of each other during that dreadful year.

In January, she resigned as a parliamentary secretary to the international development minister after flying to Seattle for a memorial for those family members — just as the federal government was urging Canadians to stay put.

Last month, the 32-year-old became the youngest member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet, tasked with tending to Canada’s aging population as the seniors minister.

It’s not the highest-profile role at the table but it’s one that could see higher stakes now — in light of all the pandemic laid bare about how seniors are cared for in this country.

“She will bring to it both her experience, her passion for serving, for caring for others that she’s always brought as a nurse and a parliamentarian,” Trudeau said after announcing Khera’s appointment.

Khera was born in New Delhi, India and came to Canada when she was about 10. She said her family taught her the “values of service” and hard work, “like many immigrant stories in Canada.”

After graduating from York University, Khera worked as a nurse in the oncology unit at Toronto’s St. Joseph’s Health Centre before winning her seat in 2015 at age 26.

She was promptly named parliamentary secretary to the health minister and was later shuffled to support the ministers of national revenue and international development.

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