The National Institute on Ageing (NIA) released the second report of the three-part policy series on long-term care in Canada. Having outlined the current state of long-term care across Canada in the first paper, the second quantifies the economic and personal costs that Canada will face by continuing to follow its current path. The Future Cost of Senior Long-Term Care for Canada and Canadians by
Dr. Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald,
Dr. Michael Wolfson, and
Dr. John Hirdes, builds on Statistics Canada’s population microsimulation model to project the future costs of long-term care in Canada to both government and families. Families are important to senior wellbeing. The projections show that by 2050, there will be 30 per cent fewer unpaid (family) caregivers in Canada available to provide unpaid support to seniors in need.
The first report, Enabling the Future of Long-Term Care in Canada, released September 10th, examined the current state of long-term care across Canada. The NIA policy series is important seminal work to a national conversation about the values and priorities of Canadians to enabling quality of life for seniors. “We applaud the NIA for presenting the current state and conducting the most comprehensive future cost analysis,” said Phyllis Hegstrom, Government Affairs Director. “The Home Instead vision is to change the face of aging and we believe that this important policy series will help.” Hegstrom added.Home Instead Senior Care will continue to support the NIA and advocate for policies that support healthy aging and the elimination of ageism.
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