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More than two out of five respondents over 60 (45 per cent ) agree with the statement — ‘Life begins at 60; no work, only leisure, these are the best years, after all!’

The Positive Ageing Report: Women Over Sixty Spend Twice As Much Time On Social Media Compared To Gen Z Women
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Three Edmonton mayoral candidates focus on transportation issues at seniors forum

Three of Edmonton’s mayoral candidates fielded questions from local seniors in a virtual forum on Thursday.

Amarjeet Sohi, Kim Krushell and Michael Oshry addressed topics of transportation, taxes and isolation in regards to senior Edmontonians in a forum moderated by Sheree Kwong See, professor of psychology with the University of Alberta and board member of the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (ESCC).

All three candidates at the forum said there were barriers seniors face when it comes to transportation.

“My view is that the city government is not spending enough time and money and resources on core services — core services like transit, like transportation, things that are very basic that are in the purview of municipal government and that’s where we should be spending our time and resources,” said Oshry.

Sohi said accessibility is an issue for seniors, especially in the winter, because walking one to two kilometres in the snow makes it almost impossible for some seniors to get to the closest bus stop. He added not all seniors use technology and figuring out how to make transportation affordable and simple for seniors is something he’s committed to doing.

Implementing the use of technology is a topic Krushell brought forward during the forum and she said teaching seniors how to use technology could be beneficial.

“One of the issues we need to look at is how can we improve getting DATS (Disabled Adult Transit Service) to seniors on time,” she said. “I know that still continues to be an issue and I think one of the solutions we have is some of the local technology we have here in Edmonton.”

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If vaccinations are not mandated for LTC workers, what’s next, hiring blind bus drivers?

Volunteer for almost anything in this province and you’ll likely be asked to complete a police background check before being allowed to lend an unpaid helping hand.

Try squaring that circle.

OK, the idea that everyone over the age of 12 in Alberta must be vaccinated or else face being treated as some type of second-class citizen, denied access to a host of activities and facilities, is a worrying precedent to set. After all, history shows us if we allow any government some new temporary hammer and they’re unlikely to ever place it back on the shelf.

But for goodness sake, there are limits to every form of individual liberty, so ensuring those employed in old folks’ homes are suitably vaccinated against a virus that has killed hundreds of those residents should be a slam-dunk.

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Eminent doctor says seniors care needs overhaul

Dr. Samir Sinha is setting national care home standards, but says home care needs more emphasis.

Canadians have lost faith in the country’s long-term care system, says the doctor tasked with trying to reform them.

Dr. Samir Sinha, director of Health Policy Research at Ryerson University’s National Institute of Aging, told the Western Standard the pandemic made Canadians more averse to care homes than ever.

“Canadians have never aspired to end up in a long-term care home. Pretty much everybody would like to stay in their own homes for as long as possible,” Sinha said in an interview.

“What this pandemic has done is given by the first wave, 80% of Canada’s reported deaths, had occurred in long term care and retirement homes, people realized they have been long underfunded and, as a result, poorly staffed.

“Canada’s rate of [COVID-19] death in its long-term care settings are about twice the international average overall, and the highest rate of any country in the world.”

Public health orders and care home policies were hard on residents, 90% of whom have a cognitive impairment, and 60% of whom have dementia, said Sinha.

“A video visit, that might not be the same as having family members and friends come in, physically, to hug you and hold you and just hold your hands,” Sinha said.

“For a lot of families, they just couldn’t bear the fact they couldn’t interact with their loved ones, let alone the residents who were beside themselves. People were literally pulling their loved ones out of care, repatriating them home, just because they couldn’t stand the isolation and being separated in that way.”

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