CARP recently visited Charlottetown, PEI to raise seniors health care as a priority in parallel to the Premiers Council of the Federation meeting in Charlottetown. CARP co-hosted with the Canadian Medial Association (CMA) a seniors roundtable, which brought together various experts, politicians, and members of the public to discuss the importance a national seniors strategy. Many important elements of a seniors strategy were identified in the discussion such as the need for adequate home and community care, universal pharmacare, end of life care, national standards and accountability, dementia care and resources, as well as improved pensions and support for caregivers. While each of these elements is important, there was wide agreement that there needs to be an overarching comprehensive national seniors strategy.
CARP also attended the receptions for the Council of the Federation, which meant we met with many of the premiers and also that CARP now boasts several new members: