The BSAA Board has a preventative and wellness focus and works to support programs that enable seniors to maintain or increase their quality of life and live as independently as possible in the community, with dignity and respect, as long as they are able and choose to do so.
Supporting programs to address issues and create community solutions so that seniors may live in health, comfort and dignity.
Incorporated under the Societies Act of the Province of Alberta in 1982, BSAA has a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised mainly of seniors who live in the area. Additionally, volunteers contribute hundreds of hours to support BSAA in reaching its goals.
Frail and isolated seniors in the community often have multiple issues that put them at risk. These may include:
- limited resources
- social isolation
- terminal Illnesses
- changing living situation
- loss of health, partners, independence or dignity
- access to affordable housing
- unsafe living conditions
Many seniors are not aware of what services, pensions or grants are available to them or how to access them. Even when the knowledge is provided, they are often unable to begin and/or complete the process independently.
Service Coordinators (formally outreach workers) of The Way In (formally Outreach Services) from Carya (formerly Calgary Family Services assess each situation and then provide the individual and/or their family or friends with the appropriate information, referrals, support or advocacy required.