Questions To Ask Seniors in Long Term Care
ILC Canada Research Director Louise Plouffe was interviewed by the Ottawa Citizen on which questions the Canadian Census should ask seniors in Long Term Care. She believes that questions regarding how long they've lived in the facility, where they lived before, and the income level, marital status and sexual orientation of the respondent would provide critical information on the affordability of long term care, the situations causing seniors to use one form of long term care over the other and their vulnerability within the long term care system. The article also includes feedback from Vanessa Taler, lead Ottawa researcher in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.
Eye See You Campaign
The Eye See You campaign was launched on July 12th to combat preventable vision loss. The campaign seeks to illustrate the effects that vision loss can have on both the individual and the many family and friends associated, as well determining the causes of vision loss and the appropriate treatments that can be made available.
On June 5th, the Government of Canada and the Alzheimer Society of Canada announced the launch of Dementia Friends Canada, a program seeking to help understand the effects and dispel the myths associated with people suffering from dementia in order to reduce the stigma associated with having dementia. Based off similar successful programs from the United Kingdom and Japan, Dementia Friends has set a goal of 1 million registrants by Spring 2017.
Demand a Plan
The Canadian Medical Association has launched DemandAPlan, a campaign that calls for a National Seniors Strategy in Canada. Expressing concerns over the state of health care for Canada's seniors, the campaign calls for making seniors care a ballot issue in the election campaign and for the parties to include a national seniors strategy in their campaign platforms, with hopes of having a national seniors strategy by the year 2019.
Capetown Declaration on a Global Response to Dementia
The ILC Global Alliance calls for a global response to dementia. The projected global increase in the incidence of dementia, from 35.6 million cases in 2010 to 115.4 million by 2050, requires an urgent and comprehensive global response, according to a consortium of international organisations.
New Longevity Centre to be Hosted at uOttawa
The University of Ottawa has announced it will house the first and only International Longevity Centre of Canada through the Faculty of Health Sciences and join the International Longevity Centre (ILC) Global Alliance.