KELOWNA — Nearly one-fifth of Kelowna’s population is over the age of 65 and according to a Kelowna seniors organization, that number will only continue to grow.
Because of the high number of seniors who reside in the Okanagan, the seniors’ community is a common target for scams and abuse.
Wednesday, hundreds attended the 10th annual Seniors Health Fair put on by the Kelowna Seniors Outreach and Resource Center.
More than 30 organizations had information booths at the fair, discussing everything from health services to scams targeting seniors to elder abuse.
According to the Government of Canada’s website, between four and ten percent of seniors our country experience some form of abuse and that only one in five cases is reported.
A new addition to the event this year, which received tremendous support, is the Seniors Gay Men in Kelowna Association.
Besides education seniors about a variety of important topics, the health fair strongly stresses the importance of connecting seniors with other member of the community and preventing them from isolation.