Key Points

In order to strengthen the “one voice” of Alberta Council on Aging, the Board of Directors recently voted on accepting the following as guidelines for discussion.

Housing

  • seniors desire to reside in a place appropriate to their circumstances
  • in order to maintain themselves in appropriate circumstances, community supports and health services must be available to all seniors
  • living environments such as outdoor spaces and buildings must support seniors to maintain themselves in the community

Finances

  • seniors need to have adequate financial resources to meet their needs
  • affordability of housing, transportation, health and ability to maintain oneself in the community are major concern for seniors
  • current supports for seniors are often based on a means tests which looks at income but fails to consider other expenses that may be incurred
  • current means tests often find a basis in Statistics Canada general review of national costs of living at times adjusted for Alberta. Generally, the adjustments are used for all Albertans rather than specified on an individual or local community level. Alberta Council on Aging recommends that needs testing be used to compliment current means tests and be related to individual needs.

Continuing Care

  • continuing care services for Albertans often impose significant costs for seniors. Alberta Council on Aging supports efforts to make continuing care services clearly and consistently defined and affordable for all seniors.

Transportation

  • an equal access to services, especially in the case of health and special needs, often require seniors in rural areas to travel to receive services. Alberta Council on Aging recommends that the provincial government undertake a review as how transportation for seniors for both rural and urban areas can be improved.

Health

  • equal access as with general public to emergency care, surgeries, hospitalization and treatment such as rehabilitation
  • seamless delivery of publicly funded and delivered clear standards and eligibility for programs and services
  • affordable and appropriate seniors’ housing and care facilities
  • expanded legislation for Protection for Persons in Care, ensuring all seniors are covered no matter where they reside (eg. Child Welfare Act) 

Elder Abuse

Alberta Council on Aging envisions a world free of abuse and will work toward this aim through developing community partnerships to raise awareness, making appropriate referrals for reporting and receiving help, as well as influencing legislations which protect older persons.

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