Did you know that 1,000 people in Canada turn 60 years old every single day? Statistics Canada estimates that there are actually 5.78 million people over the age of 65! That’s 16% per cent of the whole population! As the number of people who call themselves a senior steadily rises, in turn, senior’s issues are becoming more and more prevalent. According to a study commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, there are over 747,000 Canadians living with dementia today; that number should skyrocket to 1.4 million in only 15 years.
In recent decades, there has been a growing shift away from institutional forms of care for those with aging needs and chronic health conditions. Statistics Canada says there’s a trend of more people choosing to ‘age in place’ – which means remaining at one’s home, regardless of age or ability. “In today’s world, seniors want to age in their own homes,” says Mississauga Home Instead managing director, Greg Bechard. “Those families and individuals who are seniors and chose to stay at home need to be exempted from HST. They are individuals who are spending their hard earned dollars to reduce the burden on the health care system,” he adds. HST is only one of the problems seniors today are facing.
On Friday, June 24th, Home Instead Senior Care invited local Federal, Provincial and Municipal representatives to meet our seniors, their families and our CAREgivers. The main goal of our event was to have local politicians come to discuss important issues seniors face, with people from the community who actually deal with these issues. Concerns like the HST problem Greg Bechard mentioned, keeping home care services accessible and affordable, the Mississauga Halton LHIN structure, CCAC, caregiving, and so much more, were major points in this roundtable discussion.
Our vibrant seniors and their families met with Mississauga East-Cooksville MP Peter Fonseca and Sarah Hatton, a representative for Mississauga-Erin Mills MP Iqra Khalid. You can read about the meeting through the featured article in the Mississauga News, online here.
Home Instead Senior Care wants to extend a very big thank you to all the local representatives who came to meet and discuss important issues. We also want to thank our seniors and their families for taking the time to come and have their voice heard. Last, but certainly not least, we want to thank our CAREGivers for attending this very special event.