Costs will increase with demographic bulge increase

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Costs will increase with demographic “bulge” (increase in rates of elderly as baby boom grows older) * Poverty and isolation > abuse (especially widow dependent on caregivers) * Research on elder abuse minimal * 4% seniors living private homes experienced abuse or neglecto ° by family members * Poor conditions in unlicensed nursing homes a form of neglect * “Linked to social vulnerability, isolation, poverty and low social value” * Powerless like children to report these incidences * 2/3 aged 75+Canadians live at home and feeling good about themselves and their health half seniors involved political organization, Many involved activism for seniors’ issues Seniors’ advocacy groups involves seniors in their own issues ( ex. The Old Age Pensioners Association) Power as a group - Give rise to seniors’ voices Group vary by socio-economic status, gender, ethnic background, health, living situation etc Suggestions Flexible approach to retirement (who want to retire can do so/others work) Restructure pension system- contributions of “housewives”(unpaid work) Increase CPP for low income workers Subsidies for family members to care for elderly Meals on Wheels programs underfunded°° ° ° ° ° ° ° ² ³ Increased health care workers (less costly than chronic care facilities) Adequate transit (Wheeltrans) Multi-Service community centres (food, health care, companionship, recreation and legal aid supports) Barrier free buildings Increased media representation End segregation of seniors Reintegrate them into society Greater recognition of the value of senior citizens Social and Economic forces have worked against elderly
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