Apr 15

Help Save the Living Well program in Chinatown

by Downtown Calgary · 0 comments

Downtown Calgary works closely with the Chinese community in the downtown area.  Recently they have contacted us to help save one of their seniors programs Living Well that was jointly run by the Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association and Alberta Health Services, which will be terminated effective June 30th. This program covered courses for Diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, osteoporosis , healthy living and patient counseling services to name a few.    By bringing the seniors to a  central location, accessibility is easy as they are served well by using transit.  It also facilitates a one-stop shop for socializing and shopping at the Chinese markets.  Having seniors gather downtown adds to making downtown as a vibrant community and a great place to live, work and play.

As stated in a recent letter:

Statistics show that in the year 2009, there were 959 people receiving the services, among which 444 people received counseling and 90 people participated in the exercises, and the number of courses held totaled 37.  This well demonstrated that both parties’ cooperation had been very successful, and that’s why both parties renewed the contract for another two years in the beginning of this year.  Now, Alberta Health Services suddenly terminates the contract unilaterally without prior consultation.  Our association feels very surprised and regrettable.  Our understanding is that Alberta Health Services plans to group the services under several medical facilities in order to cut its resources.  The present services in Chinatown will be moved to 4715 – 8 Ave SE East Calgary Health Centre (near the Lucky Supermarket) for further operation.  The location there is not as easily accessible as Chinatown.  Thus, the impact to users of the services is really great.

Because Chinatown is a community in which Chinese seniors gather, and thus the relatively higher proportion of chronic disease patients, so the living well program has been bringing greater effects in protecting seniors’ health.  Alberta Health Services’ decision makes people baffled.  Apart from continuing to negotiate with Alberta Health Services, our association held a signatures campaign in Chinatown requesting Alberta Health Services to change its decision which is in defiance of public interests.

Our association therefore appeals to all of our friends who support keeping the program to continue to sign their names to reflect the convergent public opinion, until the goal is achieved.

To show your support,  please contact the  Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association-

Address: 111 Riverfront Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4Y8;

Email: cceca@cceca.ca

Phone: (403) 269-6122

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