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RISE on a Mission to Combat Loneliness and Isolation of Older People across Canada
Launched in 2015, the RISE campaign exists to help Canadians of all ages and in all regions gain a greater awareness of the impact of loneliness and isolation on older citizens.
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Creation of federal minister of seniors moves the dial on the CMA’s call for a national seniors plan
The federal government has created a new cabinet post for seniors, fulfilling one of the key recommendations in the CMA’s seniors care campaign.
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The CMA Takes its Work on Seniors Care to the International Level at the United Nations
On July 24, CMA President Dr. Laurent Marcoux was in New York City to support the creation a new UN convention on the rights of older persons and to advocate for Canada to champion its adoption.
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PEI paramedics fill in the gaps for home care, helping palliative care patients and seniors stay home longer

When home care providers are not available, who can patients turn to? In Prince Edward Island, paramedics are helping to fill in the gaps.
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Make Your Voice Heard!

Federal, provincial and territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors are meeting on September 13, 2017 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Let’s make sure they know we’re concerned about the lack of a cohesive national seniors care strategy.
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Senate Committee on Finance says Seniors Strategy will help Canada manage its aging population

More Canadians are over the age of 65 than under 14 — a profound demographic change that is creating significant challenges for the country’s finances and affecting Canada’s economy, the Senate Committee on National Finance said in a report.
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MP Serré’s M-106 passes in the House of Commons

MP Serré’s M-106 passes in the House of Commons—study on developing a National Seniors Strategy to be undertaken by Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development.
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A national seniors strategy means better health-care for all Canadians

A national strategy on seniors care is needed to help seniors get better access to efficient high-quality care, which will in turn help ensure Canadians of all ages gain improved access to care.
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Canada’s doctors call for national leadership and a focus on seniors

The CMA continues to call for national leadership to protect the health of Canadians. This requires pan-Canadian vision and strategic action to strengthen our system now, and into the future.
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CMA advocates for better seniors care

CMA President Dr. Granger Avery and the CMA’s Chief Policy Advisor, Owen Adams, appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance on March 1 for their study on the financial implications and regional considerations of Canada’s aging population.
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MP’s motion paves way for much-needed national seniors strategy

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

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.
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Home care key factor as three provinces sign agreements with Ottawa

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

Canada needs urgent political leadership to ensure our health care system evolves to meet the needs of our aging population.
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CMA releases platform for new Canadian Health Accord

As Canada’s health ministers meet in Toronto to discuss the key issues affecting the health of Canadians, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has released its plan for a new Health Accord to give our nation’s health care system a much-needed reboot.
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We need to act now!

As the CMA continues spreading its message about the urgent need for a national seniors strategy to provide better care for our rapidly aging population, politicians appear to be listening.
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Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors

Federal, Provincial and Territorial (F/P/T) Ministers Responsible for Seniors met today in Vancouver to discuss key issues related to seniors that matter to all Canadians such as caregiver readiness and social inclusion.
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MP Andrew Leslie hosted a roundtable with residents of his riding

With a new Health Accord to be negotiated by the federal, provincial and territorial governments, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has been encouraging MPs to meet with their constituents in order to discuss the importance of including seniors care in this agreement.
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National dementia strategy one step closer to being a reality

A former minister in the Harper government has introduced a bill to create a national dementia strategy ― and it looks likely to pass the House of Commons this fall.
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Ottawa setting up online tool to help caregivers help veterans

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr announced July 12 that Saint Elizabeth Health Care in Ottawa has been awarded a contract worth approximately $383,000 to design, develop and deliver an e-learning program for caregivers of Canadian veterans.
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Ontario putting $100 million into home care aid

Ontario is making a $100-million infusion into its home care system this year that will include break times or respite for overworked caregivers looking after chronically-ill loved ones.
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The CMA goes to the Council of the Federation

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) meet individually with premiers and held public roundtables on seniors care and the upcoming Health Accord.
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CMA Pushes Home Care Fund

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is proposing the creation of an innovation fund to expand home care services as the best way to invest the $3 billion that the federal government has already pledged for urgently needed improvements in this area.
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One Voice for Seniors Care

The most effective advocacy tactic is also the simplest: many voices speaking as one, delivering the same message.
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How a non-issue like health played a role in the 2015 election

Last fall’s federal election was an important milestone in the evolution of the Canadian health care system and DemandaPlan supporters can take a lot of the credit, says Dr. Chris Simpson, past president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).
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CMA, NBMS sit down with Premier, top officials over care of the aging

Dr. Chris Simpson, past president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and Anthony Knight, Chief Executive Officer of the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS), sat down June 15 with Premier Brian Gallant and provincial Health Minister Victor Boudreau.
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CMA welcomes medical assisted-dying legislation’s passage through Parliament

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is pleased that historic federal legislation on medical aid in dying is now in place.
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CMA Advocates for Seniors Care at Liberal, Conservative Conventions

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) took its campaign for better seniors care to Winnipeg and Vancouver in late May to meet face-to-face with ministers, Members of Parliament (MP) and political staffers attending the Liberal and Conservative party conventions.
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Ottawa spending $200.7 million for housing for seniors

The federal government is spending $200.7 million over two years on construction, repair and adaptation of affordable housing for seniors, starting in 2016-17, Finance Minister Bill Morneau says.
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Philpott pledges to stop health fees after lawsuit

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott promises to make sure that the access Canadians have to their health care system is based on need, not on their ability to pay.
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Conservative MP tables private bill for national dementia strategy

Former justice minister Rob Nicholson has tabled a private member’s bill in the House of Commons that calls on the provinces to develop a cooperative plan to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
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CMA president pledges support to Liberal MPs working for better seniors care

CMA President Dr. Cindy Forbes went to Parliament Hill on April 18 for a private briefing to on how to improve seniors care.
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Budget shows improved seniors care to be a work in progress

There may not have been any big-ticket items in this year’s federal budget earmarked for seniors health care. But there were encouraging signals just the same.
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Dr. Forbes Goes To Parliament Hill

Dr. Cindy Forbes, president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), headed to Parliament Hill on Mar. 10 with a long shopping list of items she wanted to see included in the Mar. 22 federal budget.
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Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry Commends the CMA

Last week, the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry (CAPHD) commended the Canadian Medical Association for our “Demand a Plan” advocacy strategy.
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CMA glad to see agenda-setting dynamic in Throne Speech

Throne Speech addresses the Canadian Medical Association’s long-standing calls for federal leadership on health and social policy
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President of CMA weighs in on Ministerial Mandate letter

Canada’s physicians are glad to see health care back on the federal to-do list with the release Friday of mandate letters from the Prime Minister to his ministers.
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With election over, CMA looking for action on national seniors strategy

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has pledged to work closely with the new Liberal government and Justin Trudeau to follow through on the need for a national seniors strategy.
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Public rallies behind seniors strategy at Bruyère roundtable

Public supporters, as well as staff, patients and residents of one of Bruyère’s facilities in Ottawa participated in the latest roundtable discussion held by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) to discuss the need for a national seniors strategy.
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CMA talks better care with seniors in Ottawa

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) recently brought the topic of seniors care to where it matters the most — a long-term care facility.
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The National Seniors Strategy on the election trail and at your door

We are officially past the half-way point in this marathon of an election. In the eight weeks that marked the beginning of the race, over 25,000 people have added their name to help make the need for a National Seniors Strategy an election issue.
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NB Premier endorses CMA seniors plan

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and its provincial counterpart brought concerns about seniors care to the epicentre of the demographic storm that is Canada’s aging population during a well-attended public dialogue on the issue in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
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Feds can afford $3.3 billion for health, including seniors, CMA says

A new report by the Conference Board of Canada demonstrates that the federal government can deliver meaningful support for seniors care, starting in the next budget cycle, Dr. Cindy Forbes, president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) said today.
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Code Gridlock: Why Canada needs a national seniors strategy

What does Code Gridlock have to do with a national seniors strategy involving all levels of government with Ottawa taking the lead?
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