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Universal Access to Healthcare: Tackling the Unique Callenges of Canadians with Disabilities as Seniors Population Rises
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Universal Access to Healthcare: Tackling the Unique Callenges of Canadians with Disabilities as Seniors Population Rises
The significant increase in the population of seniors means it is more important than ever to make adaptations to physical environments and transportation so that they are accessible to people with differing levels of independence and who use mobility aids such as walkers, wheelchairs, scooters and canes.
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Healthy Canadians Grant Spotlight: Pilgrims Hospice
Thanks to a Healthy Canadians Grant, Pilgrims Hospice in Edmonton, Alberta, is expanding their popular Adult Respite Day Program with a new initiative focused on providing care for seniors suffering from dementia.
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Healthy Canadians Grant Spotlight: Ocean View Continuing Care
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia rob those affected of their most precious possession — their memories. A new project funded in part by a Healthy Canadians Grant aims to improve memory recall in seniors living with these conditions by allowing them to virtually visit familiar places from their past.
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Our campaign so far
Conceived as a small grassroots campaign calling for improved seniors care in a few key ridings, Demand a Plan has grown over the years into a dynamic and influential advocacy movement. More than 65,000 Canadians have joined the call for a national seniors strategy, and have helped shape new policies designed to improve the lives of Canada’s seniors. Learn more about how Demand a Plan supporters have influenced our national health care conversation by scrolling through the timeline.
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2013
August
The CMA General Council adopts the following resolution: “The CMA will advocate for a pan-Canadian strategy to support the care of seniors that is based on the Principles to Guide Health Care Transformation in Canada”
December
The CMA releases its policy summary Health and Health Care for an Aging Population
2014
August
The CMA shares its pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance: Improving Seniors Care in an Era of Surplus
2015
March
The Demand a Plan campaign is launched
October
2016
February
CMA President Dr. Cindy Forbes appears before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, recommending critical federal action on health and health care
March
Demand a Plan wins the Reed Award for “Best Canadian Online Advocacy Campaign” from Campaigns & Elections magazine
September
The CMA releases its report The State of Seniors Health Care in Canada
October
The CMA releases its platform for the new Health Accord, Improving the health of all Canadians: A vision for the future
2017
March
CMA President Dr. Granger Avery appears before the Senate Committee on National Finance to discuss the financial implications of Canada’s aging population
October
CMA President Dr. Laurent Marcoux presents Advancing Inclusion and Quality of Life for Seniors to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Eight of the CMA’s recommendations are adopted.
2018
March
The relaunched Demand a Plan site wins the Reed Award for “Best Canadian Campaign Website” from Campaigns & Elections magazine
June
Demand a Plan reaches 65,000 supporters and sees more than 182,000 letters sent to MPs
July

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What are we advocating for?

A national seniors strategy

Targeted funding for a national seniors strategy
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Caregiver tax credit

Amend and improve awareness of the Canada Caregiver Credit
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Acute care study

Convene a study on appropriate use of acute care for elderly people
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Investing in residential care facilities

More investment in residential care facilities for our seniors
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Home care funding

Develop explicit operating principles for home care funding
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