Canadian seniors count! Statistics Canada in the 2011 census noted the growing population of people age 65 and over, and that they now outnumber people under the age of 15.
October 1 was National Seniors Day in Canada and International Day of Older Persons world-wide.
It made us think about what we and other seniors need to maintain our independence as long as possible and to remain healthy and safe in our community. What do older adults need to maintain their dignity and respect in our community?
Like so many others, we want: affordable, accessible and safe housing; access to health and social services to support ageing in our own home as long as possible; affordable and accessible transportation; and access to affordable and nutritious food.
When you enter the polling station, think about what political party best supports your needs and those of our community. Ask your candidates about their position on these important issues. Check out the National Seniors Strategy proposed by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Association of Social Workers.
Get informed and get out and vote!
Lillian Nakamura Maguire, Philippe Cardinal, Patricia Brennan