I have been following the debate on the proposed continuing care facility and palliative care services not only in the community but also in the legislative assembly on Nov. 25 and Dec. 1.
I am an “alarmed senior” as Premier Pasloski described in the debate. Not as a result of the actions by the two Opposition parties, but by the actions of the Yukon Party and their failure to listen and allow capable, informed older adults to speak for ourselves and to be consulted on matters that directly affect us.
I believe what is lacking in this whole discussion about various levels of care for older adults is a broader and more creative view of the future direction and services required for older adults. The aim would be to maintain their health and independence as long as possible and to do it in a fiscally and socially responsible way.
We need a seniors strategy for the Yukon. What are ways that we can put our heads together to look to the future? And could we do it in a way that respects our ability to speak for ourselves and recognizes our wisdom as older adults?
Lillian Nakamura Maguire