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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.


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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Annual General Meeting

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to attach our Fall/Winter edition of Speaking UP/Speaking OUT.  On the last page are the details of this year’s Annual General Meeting that will include a presentation and workshop on aging in today’s society.  We will discuss the issues and there will be an opportunity for you to share your experiences of growing older.  We think that you will find it most interesting and urge you to attend:

WHEN:   Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
10:00 a.m. to Noon

WHERE:  North Toronto Memorial Community Centre*
Community Room A
200 Eglinton Avenue W.
Toronto, ON

Refreshments made by Care Watch Board Members will the served

All are welcome. Please share this invitation with your friends and colleagues and distribute it widely

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and welcome your comments and ideas about this and future editions.

Lorna MacGregor
Chair, Care Watch


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.

Charlotte’s Obituary


In The News

Home-Care Crunch Coming by  Sherri Torjman of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy

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


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