Key Points

Housing

  • older adults desire to reside in a place appropriate to their circumstances
  • living environments such as outdoor spaces and buildings must support older adults to maintain themselves in the community

Finances

  • older adults need to have adequate financial resources to meet their needs
  • current supports for older adults are often based on a means tests which looks at income but fails to consider other expenses that may be incurred
    • recommendation: needs testing be used to complement current means tests and be related to individual needs and circumstances

Continuing Care

  • continuing care services often impose significant costs, however, these services need to be affordable for all older adults
    • recommendation: support efforts to make continuing care services clearly and consistently defined

Transportation

  • older adults require equal access to services wherever they live
    • recommendation: provincial government continue to review as to how transportation for older adults can be improved across the province

Health

  • older adults require equal access to emergency care, surgery, hospitalization and treatment such as rehabilitation and medications
  • seamless delivery of publicly funded and delivered programs and services
  • clear standards and eligibility for programs and services
  • expanded legislation for Protection for Persons in Care

Elder Abuse

  • envision a world free of abuse
  • work toward this aim through developing community partnerships
  • make appropriate referrals for reporting and receiving help
  • influence legislations which protect older persons

Ageism

Definition РPrejudice or discrimination against an age-group …especially seniors. To address this ACA will:

  • align with age friendly initiatives with the aim to eliminate ageism
  • promote inclusiveness of older persons in Albertan communities