November 21st, 2019

Alberta seniors advocate coming to Medicine Hat

By GILLIAN SLADE on September 5, 2019.

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Sheree Kwong See, Alberta's seniors advocate, will be in Medicine Hat on Sept. 23. It is an opportunity to learn more about her role.

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The Alberta seniors advocate will be in Medicine Hat at the Veiner Centre on Sept. 23 to talk about her office and what has been accomplished over the past three years.

The meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend.

Sheree Kwong See has been the seniors advocate since September 2016. With her current term almost complete she will be providing a report to the community about the work of her office. She will also be looking for input on what people believe should be the future direction for this office.

The office was created and mandated to provide information to support seniors and to bring about resolution for issues important to them. It also identifies trends and issues that are affecting seniors and will affect them in future. This information contributes to the recommendations made to government for direction about seniors services and programs in the province.

Since the fall of 2016 the office of the seniors advocate has opened 3,200 client files, according to its website. A senior seeking help is linked to an advocate representative who is knowledgeable about programs and services. This office provides information and links to government and community services.

Kwong See is considered a Canadian expert on the psychology of aging. She is a tenured professor of psychology at the University of Alberta. She has also conducted substantial research on cognitive aging, age stereotyping and ageism. She was seconded by the government to serve as the seniors advocate for a three-year term.

The Alberta seniors advocate’s office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached toll free: 1-844-644-0682. You can also connect via email: seniors.advocate@gov.ab.ca

For more information: seniorsadvocateab.ca

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