Update from CARP North Bay & District – February 2015

Happy Family Day!

From all of us at CARP North Bay & District, Happy Family Day! We hope you had a wonderful long weekend.
From all of us at CARP North Bay & District, Happy Family Day! We hope you had a wonderful long weekend.

Healthcare reform to address needs of Canadians not service providers
CARP is calling for a full system re-design of the healthcare system to provide a comprehensive 360 degrees of care and that treats Canadians as “healthcare citizens” – with the right to expect timely and appropriate care and equal treatment regardless of age, income and postal code. Read more

It’s unanimous – Canada needs a seniors’ healthcare strategy – so where is it?

Let’s start with getting people out of hospitals and into community care.

CARP is calling for specific reform of the healthcare system to better serve the aging population – something that CIHI says we are doing very poorly. Now that the Council of the Federation has added its voice to policy experts, editorial boards and healthcare professionals calling for a seniors’ strategy, it is time for the government to tell us what they propose to do – starting with getting people out of hospitals and into community-based care and taking the funding with them. Read more

Life expectancy up by six years, study finds

Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhea, tuberculosis and malaria.  (The Globe and Mail; 12/18/2014.) Read more

National strategy for financial literacy

Phase 1: Strengthening Seniors’ Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is a critical life skill for all Canadians. The Government of Canada is leading the development of a national strategy for financial literacy that will guide the work of public, private and non-profit organizations with the shared commitment to enhancing the financial knowledge, skills and confidence of Canadians. Read more

CARP members will welcome the patient-focused vision of healthcare announced today

CARP members will welcome the patient-focused vision of healthcare announced today, especially the commitment to funding the patient’s journey rather than provider’s activity and wrapping care around the patients, who CARP calls the HealthCare Citizen. Read more

Supreme Court says yes to doctor-assisted suicide in specific cases

People with grievous and irremediable medical conditions should have the right to ask a doctor to help them die, Canada’s highest court says in a unanimous ruling.
(CBC News; 02/06/15) Read more

Four issues surrounding the Supreme Court ruling on assisted death

A Supreme Court of Canada ruling that cleared the way for doctors to help competent, grievously ill adults end their lives leaves legislators and medical regulators to decide how the new aid-in-dying regime would work. Here are four major issues they are likely to face.
(The Globe and Mail; 02/09/15) Read more

What you need to know about dying at home

QUESTION: I have prostate cancer for which I have been treated a long time. My doctors say that it has now spread to my bones, lungs and liver and that any new treatment isn’t likely to work and will likely make me feel awful. It has taken awhile, but I now accept that I am dying, and I’d like to die at home. My wife is pretty healthy, but is small and not that strong. Both of our kids live in Vancouver. I worry that my wife and I may not get enough support at home to allow me to die there. What kind of support can I get at home when my time comes?(HUFFPOST LIVING CANADA; 01/15/15) Read more


The annual Zoomer North 2015 Conference at Clarion Resort Pinewood Park.  More information to follow shortly!