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Federal Retirees recommendation:

That the federal government lead the implementation of a comprehensive National Seniors Strategy with our provinces and territories, that addresses the social determinants of health, including access to affordable and appropriate housing, retirement income security, and robust and sustainable social services. This must include action on improving seniors-focused home and community care; developing and promoting Age-Friendly Community principles; increased support for caregivers; and combatting isolation and ageism.

Quick facts:

  • Seniors are the fastest growing demographic in the country.
  • Our aging population is estimated to drive 20% of growth in health care spending over the next 10 years.
  • Long-term care costs alone will total $1.2 trillion dollars over the next 35 years.
  • Canadians spend $33 billion annually caring for seniors, and senior care outside of the health care system is estimated to cost $1.3 billion in lost productivity.
  • Without additional funding through the Canada Health Transfer, the provinces and territories will struggle to meet seniors’ health care needs.
  • Federal Retirees has long called for a National Seniors Strategy focused on enhancing seniors’ quality of life at all stages.
  • Federal Retirees believe that access to quality health care and services should not depend on postal code.
  • The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities has made recommendations for the implementation of a National Seniors Strategy.
  • Important investments made in pilot projects will lead to research and advancements for seniors. A plan to share and scale up the successful projects nationwide is equally essential.
  • A Minister for Seniors has finally been appointed –the development and implementation of a National Seniors Strategy should be their top priority.