In 2020, seniors will have one number to call for information, advocacy and referrals regarding Alberta government services.
The Office of the Seniors Advocate will be combined with the Office of the Health Advocates to address seniors’ concerns more efficiently.
Beginning Jan. 2, 2020, Alberta seniors, their families and service providers will be able to access information and referrals on issues of concern at a centralized organization. Staff and resources from the Office of the Seniors Advocate will be transferred to the Office of the Health Advocates to support this change.
The Alberta Health Advocates can be reached at 780-422-1812 or online at albertahealthadvocates.ca
This transition aligns with the completion of Seniors Advocate Dr. Sheree Kwong See’s secondment from the University of Alberta and the expiration of her appointment as Seniors Advocate on Dec. 31, 2019.
“I would to thank Dr. Sheree Kwong See for her service to seniors and their families, and wish her well as she returns to teaching and her academic career. The decision to combine offices is a thoughtful and prudent decision and will help seniors and those supporting them access services easily in one place.”Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing
“Our government values seniors and we’re putting a high priority on increasing access to continuing care and other services they need. The Health Advocates serve all Albertans, and this change aligns with other health services for seniors, from prescription drug benefits to Protection of Persons in Care.”Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health
Additionally, general inquiries about all government services can be made to Alberta Supports at 1-877-644-9992 and at any Alberta Supports office (find your local office at albertasupports.ca).