Care Watch’s Annual General Meeting, “Mobilizing Against Ageism!”
Thursday, December 4, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
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An Open Letter to Ontario’s Health Minister
Dear Minister Hoskins,
Last week the Toronto Star was the site of a much needed debate about the dire state of home care services in this province. We senior citizens, your fellow Ontarians, support what Bob Hepburn and the Ontario Health Coalition were saying. In our daily lives we are experiencing the stress of forced “self care”, of having to turn to our overworked family members, to provide care when we need it. Those of us who are aging, who are caring for our own aging family members, know only too well that the system is not working. Masking this situation by stating how much is being spent already, or that yet another expert group is studying the situation and will report back next year, is disingenuous at best and condescending at worst to those of us who are not receiving service.
Mr. Minister, unlike us, you are surrounded by people who can help you solve Ontario’s home care problems. You know that our population is aging. Home care services need to expand exponentially if you are serious about supporting people so they can live in their communities. Of course financing will be a challenge. But let us remind you that the Liberal government was able to come up with a plan to finance an innovative pension plan. We ask that you apply the same imaginative approach and political will to home care policy.
November 28, 2014
Care Watch is a volunteer- run, not-for-profit advocacy organization led by seniors.
We work with policy makers and those who influence policy. As well, through public events and research we raise issues relative to older people. We drive positive action.
OLDER PEOPLE IN ONTARIO MUST HAVE:
CHOICES – Opportunities to make choices that will enable living at home with dignity and as much independence as possible.
A VOICE – The right to be involved in decisions about policies and practices that affect their lives.
SUPPORT – Access to services and programs that help them to be productive, active participants in their own communities.
Care Watch fights for services and programs that facilitate “aging at home”. Read our Pragmatic Proposal
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Nov 19, 2014
Annual General Meeting
Please join us for Care Watch’s Annual General Meeting, 2014 “Mobilizing Against Ageism!” Thursday, December 4, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, at the Older Women’s Network. This year’s program will feature a presentation and workshop on strategies to eradicate ageism through direct action.
Add your voice. Act with us.
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Sept 22, 2014
Globe and Mail health columnist Picard cites 2014 Statistics Canada Study to highlight the unmet home care needs of Canada’s growing elder population. Please visit our Care Watch blog for an on-line discussion of Picard’s article and the study it refers to.
August 29, 2014
Important Toronto Seniors Forum notice
Also, don’t miss the following advocacy messages.
Ageism Exists: Name it! Resist it!
May, 26 2014.
Dear Fellow Member of Care Watch
Below is a letter and package of material the Care Watch Board has sent out to all provincial candidates in both hard copy and electronic format. We are very concerned that during this election campaign there has been very little discussion of the increasing need for supportive home care services. Care Watch has been pursuing several avenues to turn up the volume on this issue. However, it is an uphill battle. We ask you to forward this to the people you are in contact with. Please also put a link to it and/or the Care Watch website http://carewatchtoronto.org /on your Facebook page.
The 2014 Provincial election is occurring as Ontario faces a number of challenges. How we address these will determine what kind of a society Ontario will be in the years ahead.
Frequently one hears concerns about issues that many people associate with population aging. Care Watch is an advocacy organization composed of Senior Citizens. Our sole purpose is to ensure that Senior Citizens receive the supports they need in order to sustain the quality of their lives as they age.
Attached are several short documents that outline key issues that are affecting supportive home care policies and programs in Ontario today:
Ø The rationale for implementing designated funding for supportive services;
Ø The impact of ageism on policies and programs;
Ø An election post card with questions that we are encouraging Senior Citizens to ask of all candidates during the campaign.
We are sending these materials to you to inform you of issues that are important to senior citizens — major voters in the upcoming election. For further information, please visit our website http://carewatchtoronto.org/ where we will be posting updates throughout the election period.
Finally, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you around issues affecting Senior Citizens.
For important resource information on what electoral candidates need to know about supportive home care services, please click here.
Care Watch’s Bea Levis, honoured with the Ontario Gerontology Association’s 2013 Positive Aging Award, shapes policy discourse on ageism and senior citizenship. Click here for the tribute.
Care Watch’s Charlotte Maher, posthumously awarded the Francis Lankin Community Service Award from Social Planning Toronto: Click here for the tribute.
Care Watch mourns the loss of its founder and leader, Charlotte Maher. A long-time social activist with a hunger for justice and the capacity to make a difference. We will miss her deeply, but will continue to follow her lead.
In The News
On Saturday October 6 2012 Sherri Torjman, Vice-President of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, wrote an op-ed piece in the Toronto Star articulating some of the implications for home care as the Canadian population ages. She reiterates the well-known cost concerns that accompany most discussions of population aging. Home Care is usually proposed as one response because studies document that it is cost efficient and effective. Of course, these calculations do not include the costs that families bear (see Care Watch’s Pragmatic Proposal for a graphic presentation of these private costs). As more and more people embrace the idea of home care, how to finance it is seldom seriously considered. In this article Sherri points out that Canada has confined its use of social insurance to income security, while other countries have used it to finance home care. She also notes several other approaches that are in use. Importantly, she highlights that the funding issue has been addressed in other jurisdictions – it is not insolvable but it does require innovation and an active debate about alternatives. Care Watch, in our Pragmatic Proposal, raised very similar concerns. In the past year we have made numerous presentations to groups on the topic but have found that when it comes to debating new ways of funding home care people get nervous. Why are we so reluctant to consider options that have worked elsewhere? Thank you Sherri for raising this central home care issue in the media.
In response to: Aging with Dignity – Globe & Mail Editorial Sept. 9, 2012
“Care Watch also praises Susanna Lafarge for her generous gift to Mac Masters for the purpose of studying optimal aging. It holds promise for those of us who are aging and all the rest who will age. Care Watch has for many years promoted preventative options. Some of the innovative ideas described in the editorial are truly remarkable and perhaps life changing but, not for today.
The purpose Care Watch is to promote the development of early need, supportive home care which is easily assessable and consistent as has been shown empirically (Hollander and others) to reduce admission to hospital and long tern care, aiding optimal aging and economy. We have great trouble understanding why this piece of the puzzle is consistently missed by editorial writers and , indeed, the government”
- Charlotte Maher