Key Points

Housing

  • seniors desire to reside in a place appropriate to their circumstances
  • 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
  • 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
  • recommendation 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
  • support efforts to make continuing care services clearly and consistently defined
  • affordable for all seniors

Transportation

  • recommendation the provincial government undertake a review as to how transportation for seniors can be improved
  • seniors require equal access to services wherever they live

Health

  • equal access to emergency care, surgeries, 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 – Prejudice 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