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B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix says the province’s new seniors’ advocate is Dan Levitt, an adjunct professor of gerontology at Simon Fraser University and the head of a non-profit long-term care home.

Levitt says he’s “deeply honoured” to be appointed the province’s second seniors’ advocate, and thanked current advocate Isobel Mackenzie, who is retiring in April.

He said the demographic shift as the population ages means it’s important to start “rethinking aging” and no longer view it as something to fear but something to embrace.

Levitt says his first priority will be travelling the province to meet seniors in rural and urban centres to hear their concerns and produce reports on how to improve their lives.

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