New B.C seniors advocate Dan Levitt flew to the U.N. to fight for the rights of Canada’s growing 65+ population

Dan Levitt
B.C.'s newly minted seniors advocate, Dan Levitt, is attending the 14th U.N. summit on ageing at the world body's General Assembly in New York. (Submitted photo)

Seniors are in the spotlight this week as Canada and other countries are meeting at the United Nations to discuss ways to help the world’s billion people over the age of 60. And Dan Levitt is in the thick of it—the longtime nursing home administrator from Vancouver, who started as British Columbia’s official seniors advocate in April, flew down to New York to advocate for a binding international convention for seniors’ rights. The urgency is real: he predicts a “silver tsunami” has already started and Canada will have a full quarter of the population over the age of 65 within the next 10 to 20 years.

Levitt has been in a unique spot in his provincial government. Since last month, he’s been bringing the concerns of B.C.’s million seniors and their caregivers directly to the ears of provincial politicians. And those concerns have been expansive. Canadian seniors are worried about the cost of living, housing, transportation, employment and even something that’s become his pet peeve: how so many birthday cards aimed at the silver-haired crowd are actually ageist.

On today’s episode of The CJN Daily, Levitt explains why he took the job and how it helps him fulfil the biblical commandments about honouring one’s parents.

What we talked about:

  • Read more about Dan Levitt, B.C.’s new seniors advocate
  • How this 104-year-old Montreal super-senior stays engaged in life, on The CJN Daily
  • Why Camp B’nai Brith in Montreal had trouble with a summer program for seniors, in 2020, in The CJN.


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