Today is election day across Canada. Voter turnout in the 2015 election for Canadians 65 and older was 83%. We have a voice and one that needs to be heard and yes, we can make a difference.
Like many readers of today’s blog, I am a baby boomer and what I used to consider to be ‘old’ is no longer so. My close friend who is healthy and active and with whom I golfed this past weekend is turning 75. Is that old? To me, the answer is ‘no’ but I guess it depends on your perspective.
The work I do with seniors has always focused on their needs both today and tomorrow. So looking ahead at what some of the most critical issues that I see that need to be addressed include things like:
- Access to timely health care (both for general care, access to specialists and wait times for surgery)
- An income level that allows seniors to live well
- Better ways to support caregivers- perhaps a caregiver allowance
- Access to affordable housing and multigenerational housing options
- Access to long term care facilities that exceed minimum levels of care standards and have a proper ratio of staff to residents and continued funding so they are not places of ‘last resort’
- Better (and affordable) community based supports that offer personal and respite care
- A dementia strategy that supports both the client and their families to lead lives that are inclusive and respectful
- An elder abuse prevention program that can truly address these issues before a crisis hits
This is a wish list and one that I know will not all come true. However today is election day and each federal party has made some election promises. To help you make an informed decision I am linking to the October 17, 2019 publication by the National Institute on Aging which succinctly outlines the various party platforms on senior’s issues. READ MORE
Let’s see what tomorrow brings…..