Canadians want a national strategy on seniors’ care

The vast majority of Canadians agree with the NDP that Canada urgently needs a national strategy to address seniors’ care, according to the Canadian Medical Association Report card released today.

“To meet the coming challenge of an aging population, we need a thoughtful, strategic approach to seniors’ care, not reckless Conservative cuts,” said NDP critic for Health Libby Davies (Vancouver East).

The CMA report card also revealed that two-thirds of older Canadians are concerned about their financial security and the impact it will have on their ability to procure health care.  Meanwhile, one in four Canadians is involved in caregiving for a senior relative or friend and dealing with high levels of stress and conflicts with work and other responsibilities as a result.

“After working hard their whole lives, Canadian seniors deserve financial security and a reasonable quality of life, including timely access to good public services like healthcare,” added Irene Mathyssen (London – Fanshawe).  “That’s why the NDP is proud to be the only party calling for a National Strategy on Aging and why we introduced the Continuing Care Act in Parliament.”