NATIONAL SENIORS STRATEGY
“The way we approach our coming of age will also require coordination and mobilization across government departments as well as between the private and public sectors. Indeed, many are now seeing the need for an integrated approach where the federal government could help keep us all moving in the right direction. As a result, many see that implementing a National Seniors Strategy could provide us exactly the focus and commitment we need to ensure Canada can become the best country to grow up and grow old in.”
“With a growing number of Canadians, health and social care professionals, economists, and national organizations suggesting its time for a National Senior Strategy, this website has been conceived as a way to provide an evidence-based view on how to consider the concepts that could and should be considered and included in a national approach.”
The National Seniors Strategy has identified four key pillars when planning the country’s strategy for the future of older adults:
- Independent, Productive and Engaged Citizens - ensuring older adults remain independent, productive, and engaged members of their communities by addressing issues such as access to transportation, affordable housing, poverty in the elderly, ageism, elder abuse, social isolation and creating age-friendly communities.
- Healthy and Active Lives- supporting Canadians to lead healthy and active lives for as long as possible including regular exercise, falls prevention, recommended immunizations, vaccines, medication management, advance care planning, and empowered decision making.
- Care Closer to Home - providing person-centered, high quality care as close to home as possible by providers who have the knowledge and skills to care for them. Ensuring access to high quality long-term care, palliative, and end-of life services and medications, trained geriatric providers, emergency and disaster preparedness planning and response.
- Support for Caregivers - acknowledging and supporting family and friends of older adults who provide unpaid care for their loved ones. Ensuring employers are informed on how to support unpaid caregivers, and not penalized for taking on caregiving roles, enhanced job protection measures, caregiver tax credits, and new CPP/QPP contribution allowances.
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