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April Showers Bring More May Showers…..

Happy May- it may not feel like Spring- but this is what our calendar tells us.  Now Census data tells us that the number of seniors over age 85 is expected to triple in the next 25 years- YIKES.  The Atlantic provinces will have the highest proportion of seniors (over age 85) by 2043.

I have always said that our aging population has great consequences- for everyone- not only in hard resources such as health care, home care, community resources and pensions but all of our knowledge and experience needs to be shared with our younger generation.  We need to figure out the best ways to transfer this knowledge…. For those who have grandchildren, there are many a story to be told.  However for many others, how do we share this information and experience?     Sadly many younger people  are not receptive to hearing and learning about our ‘life lessons’.

Today I want to share some positive information that was detailed in last week’s National Institute on Ageing’s newsletter.  I am including only a brief summary and I encourage to review the entire newsletter .

 

“ONTARIO BUDGET PLEDGES SPENDING BOOST FOR HOME CARE

Yesterday, the Ontario government released its 2022 budget with a promise to spend $1 billion on home care in the next three years. Among the commitments for older adults and long-term care:

· A new, refundable Ontario Seniors Care at Home Tax Credit to help low‐ to moderate‐income households with members aged 70 and older pay for home care expenses, including attendant care, mobility aids and other medical devices. Recipients can claim up to 25 per cent of eligible expenses to a maximum of $6,000.

· $764 million over two years to provide nurses, including those working in LTC, with a lump sum retention incentive of up to $5,000 per person

· $2.8 billion over the next three years to permanently continue a temporary wage enhancement for personal support workers

· More than $60 million over two years, starting in 2022–23, to continue expanding the Community Paramedicine for Long‐Term Care program, which provides additional home care for older adults waiting to get into long-term care

· An additional $5 million a year for three years for dementia services

· $5.5 million in 2022-23 to extend the Ontario Community Support Program, which delivers meals, medicine and other essential items to low‐income older adults and people with disabilities

The budget will not be passed before the provincial election starts next week.”

 

That’s my good news for this Monday morning.   I wish I could tell you the our weather was going to improve……

About Audrey Miller
About: Audrey Miller, Managing Director of Elder Caring Inc. has over 30 years social work and rehabilitation experience working with older individuals and their families. She advises the financial, insurance, legal and business communities regarding elder care issues. Audrey is a recognized expert in her field. Email: amiller@eldercaring.ca

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