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Today is Election Day

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
  • Pharmacare

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…..

 

 

About Audrey Miller
Email: amiller@eldercaring.ca About: Audrey Miller, Managing Director of Elder Caring Inc. has over 25 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.

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