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MP’s motion paves way for much-needed national seniors strategy

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Ottawa, February 24, 2017 – Member of Parliament Marc Serré (Nickel Belt) today rose in the House of Commons to call for the creation of a national seniors strategy in Canada and the 85,000 members of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and our 50,000 Demand a Plan supporters urge his parliamentary colleagues to support his motion.

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Volunteers play a key role in ensuring that the needs of older Canadians are met

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Volunteers play a key role in ensuring that the needs of older Canadians are met — from social interaction to fitness — and that seniors can remain active members of their communities. Opportunities to help, and to be helped, exist from coast to coast, and in many cases seniors themselves are the volunteers.

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Innovative Intergenerational Programs

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It’s hard to think of anyone who knows more than a grandparent. That might seem like common sense, but common sense doesn’t always translate into good social policy. Sometimes, though, policy can catch up. And it’s starting to here in Canada when it comes to supporting intergenerational learning.

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Nickel Belt MP tables motion in support of a national seniors strategy

High.Marc.2015.jpgCanada is facing a dramatic aging of its population, which is putting enormous pressure on our health care system. Nickel Belt Member of Parliament Marc Serré believes a national seniors strategy is needed to address the demographic shift and help the system adapt to this new reality. Mr. Serré tabled a Private Members’ motion in the House of Commons on Feb. 8 calling for a national coordinated approach. He is also asking the federal government to lead the implementation of such a strategy.

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Experts in the Field: Elder abuse prevention is everybody’s business

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Recent survey results indicate that approximately 8.2% of older adults are affected by elder abuse in Canada. However, given that only one in five incidents is disclosed to someone in a position to help, this rate is likely much higher. This discrepancy highlights the need to increase awareness of this issue and to make more resources available to help.

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Unlicensed seniors needing rides increases

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By age 75, about 20 per cent of Canadians require assistance to get to appointments or other events outside their home — this number includes both licensed and unlicensed drivers. By age 85, that number more than doubles for licensed drivers, while the percentage of unlicensed seniors needing rides increases to 40 per cent. Those numbers, gathered by Statistics Canada as part of the 2009 Canadian Community Health Survey—Healthy Aging, point to the need for older Canadians to have access to transportation to get them where they need to go. Public transit can meet some requirements, but schedules and routing don’t always align with needs.

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The rise of the patient navigator

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The bard of contemporary life, songwriter Paul Simon, once summarized the confusion that sometimes faces us in the modern world:

A man walks down the street;

It’s a street in a strange world;

He doesn’t speak the language;

He holds no currency. 

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A new approach to caring for seniors, designed to provide seamless care that spans hospital, home and community, is now spreading across Canada and internationally

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Introduced at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital in 2010, the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) strategy has made real improvements for patients over the age of 65, including shorter hospital stays, fewer readmissions to hospital, and greater chance of returning home rather than to an institution such as a long term care home. Now this innovative approach is being adopted by 17 health care facilities and organizations in Canada and one in Iceland through the support of the Canadian Frailty Network and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. 

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Home care key factor as three provinces sign agreements with Ottawa

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New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador have joined with the federal government to sign separate deals on health care transfer payments, and it appears that increased funding for home care was a major selling point for all three.

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Groundhog Day-type discussions have to stop, says CMA

Ottawa, December 19, 2016 ----- Dr. Granger Avery CMA President ----- The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is disappointed that the federal, provincial and territorial levels of government seem to be overlooking the urgent need to focus on action to improve the health of Canadians. This inability is particularly glaring given the fact that improving care for seniors is a priority for all governments.

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