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Requesting Participants for an Aging in Place Project

CHHA-BC is undertaking a project to evaluate the benefits of various technologies for enhancing independent living. Five eligible seniors will be recruited to take part in the project and will be provided with such devices as visual warning devices and bed shakers.

CHHA-BC intends to use the results of this project to determine the effectiveness of the type of equipment provided in order to recommend to its members and friends whether such equipment is suitable and improves the life situation of participants.



We are recruiting participants who must be seniors living in British Columbia with hearing loss, living in their own home. Participants will be selected from various areas of the province. Participants will receive several assistive technology devices at no cost to test whether their use can improve their general living conditions in their own home. Examples of devices include bed shakers and flashing light indicators for the doorbell or phone. Other types of equipment may be included. Participants will volunteer their time to participate in the project.




CHHA-BC will provide the equipment at no cost and will train participants in their use by phone or video conference – not in person. During the project period, participants will complete checklists about the technology. All information received is anonymous and no names of participants will be used in reports.

All communication with CHHA-BC staff will be by phone, email, and video conferencing (zoom). CHHA-BC has its office in Vancouver.



The project starts as soon as participants are selected and ends no later than March 31st, 2024.

The application deadline is July 21st, 2023. All expressions of interest must be received by this date.


IF YOU WISH TO VOLUNTEER, please fill out the form here and contact CHHA-BC at by July 21st, 2023.

Youth Art Workshop – April 30th


Last Saturday, April 30th, we got together with a wonderful group of youth from the Okanagan region to create art to display at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Their art along with work from many other artists will be on display at the exhibit-themed “What does hearing loss look like to you?” from May 26th-June 29th 2022.

During our youth workshop, we explored this concept in depth starting with a discussion about what comes to mind when we think about hearing loss. It might be our own unique story living with hearing loss, a certain feeling, or a person in our lives. A student shared how hearing loss reminds her of a puzzle with missing pieces. Another shared how hearing loss makes her feel different but in a good way.

We then took our ideas and put them into our art pieces. For some, turning on their hearing aids in the morning is similar to seeing a flash of light, inspiring them to paint with bright colours. Another student painted a mask in black with a red background which represented how much they use lip reading to communicate, which is not accessible with regular mask use during the pandemic. The art we created turned out incredible. I am thrilled to see it up on the walls of the Vernon Public Art Gallery!

This upcoming art exhibit has received international attention from artists all the way from the Netherlands and United States, who will also be submitting their work to the gallery. If you’re coming to the beautiful Okanagan this June, please drop by the art gallery and check out this inspirational exhibit.

COVID-19 puts older adults at greater risk, especially those with health problems such as diabetes, chronic pulmonary diseases and heart conditions. What we have not yet realized fully is the invisible factor for those with hearing, vision and/or cognitive impairments. By 75 years of age, half of Canadians have hearing impairments; by 85, half have both hearing and vision impairments. Those with sensory loss are also more likely to have cognitive impairment. It is common for residents in long-term care to have a combination of hearing, vision and cognitive impairments. In other words, those who are at the greatest risk for COVID-19 may also be those with the greatest risk for isolation because of their need for communication accessibility.

The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented situation impacting on everyone. For people who have a hearing loss, the impact of social distancing and the common use of face masks has created additional challenges. Typically, we need to be in close proximity to others and to read their lips so that we can communicate effectively. The good news is that there are solutions to our challenges as listed below.