CFN – Yes, it’s in its infancy. But Ontario’s newly launched seniors strategy will help take the wrinkles out of an outdated healthcare model that was never designed to address the needs of the 21st century “age wave” in the first place.
This was one of the messages delivered – today in Cornwall – by Dr. Simar Sinha, author of the Living Longer, Living Well strategy; a comprehensive plan that addresses the needs of thousands of Ontarians who say they want services that will allow them to age well “at home.”
A second and urgent message Dr. Sinha emphasized is that people – including Cornwall area doctors – don’t know who to call for help.
So take note. Just dial: 310-2222. The number will take you, directly, to a “real person” who answers for the Champlain Community Care Access Centre, (the CCAC), a government-funded agency located on Cotton Mills in Cornwall, which has the professionals, partners and programs that can help.
Question to taxpayers: Why is the seniors strategy important, and why now?
In part, because….
By 2030, Ontario’s older population will double, and the 85-and-over group will quadruple;
This means we need about $24 billion more to deliver services that today cost about $48 billion.
But take heart. This is not an apocalyptic or gloom-and-doom scenario. There’s good news to be shared.
Just dial: 310-2222.
A second report will outline how the strategy will benefit taxpayers, and most importantly, elders and their loved ones.