On International Older Persons Day, CARP urges Canadians to take stock of the opportunities and challenges of an aging population

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, ON: CARP has released a statement urging policymakers to observe older persons day by taking stock of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. “There are approximately 4.6 million Canadians over the age of 65 or about 13% of the population. By 2031, this proportion will almost double to 25% and for the first time in our history, there will be more people over age 65 than children under age 17.” Said Susan Eng, CARP VP of Advocacy.

The demographic shift will present challenges as demand increases for social services and public infrastructure, hence why CARP re-affirmed its commitment to advocating for social and political change that will deliver on the values that underpin CARP’s New Vision of Aging for Canada.

Citing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as a precedent for Canadian espousal of these values Ms. Eng stated that quality of life as we age depends on financial security, fair and equal access to high quality healthcare, social inclusion and personal wellbeing.

The statement comes at a time where many older Canadians have seen their retirement savings decimated by this year’s economic turmoil. CARP stressed the importance of initiating reform that would address retirement security for older persons today and for generations to come.

“Fortunately, this generation is also characterized by its high level of political engagement – 70% of older Canadians vote regularly. The opportunity exists, therefore, to both raise the issues that resonate with a growing proportion of the population and to make those issues a condition of our political support.” Added Eng.

CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to advocating for a New Vision of Aging for Canada, social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination. CARP seeks to ensure that the marketplace serves the needs and expectations of our generation and provides value-added benefits, products and services to our members. Through our network of chapters across Canada, CARP is dedicated to building a sense of community and shared values among our members in support of CARP’s mission.

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