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October 2, 2014
Dear readers, we apologize for the need to issue a second copy of the newsletter but the last poll contained an error. We would be grateful if you could fill out this poll. We are grateful for your patience and your readership.

Sincerely,
The CARP Action Online Team




CARP welcomes Canada’s new Dementia Friends program
A recap of the Global Dementia Legacy Event CARP recently attended


CARP was invited by Minister Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, to attend the Global Dementia Legacy Event, “Global Action Against Dementia”, that was co-hosted by Canada and France on September 11-12, 2014. The conference discussions brought to light the various complex challenges and new innovation trends in dementia research, treatments/drugs, and cures from the perspective of industry and academia. In addition to this, Minister Ambrose made announcements at the event that CARP members will welcome. Read more

An Adult Conversation on Medically Assisted Dying
CARP Forum to take place September 26th, 2014


The law is in a state of flux: New Quebec legislation will allow medically assisted dying, as the current criminal law heads to the Supreme Court and a backbench federal bill attempts to change the criminal law. Meanwhile, there are families and patients who have to make choices, now. This discussion will move beyond the “yes”/“no” divide and deal with the realities of end of life care today and the legal and attitudinal changes facing Canadians. Read more





Canada doesn’t provide as much as you might think
Free health care only goes so far, especially for some seniors


Patty Randall began caring for her 80-something parents in the 1990s. For the next decade, she learned the limits of the Canada Health Act and the merits of advanced care planning. Flying from her home in Vancouver to her parents’ place in Kelowna, B.C., for a week each month, she was both the long-distance care manager and hands-on caregiver. “We eventually moved my father to a long-term care facility and then we basically set up a mini nursing home for my mother in her house,” Randall says. Read more

Susan Eng interviewed on Straight Talk with Jerry Agar
Susan discusses major trends, important issues and changing demographics


Jerry Agar, host of ‘Straight Talk with Jerry Agar’ interviews CARP’s Susan Eng, discussing the fact that Canada’s aging population is becoming increasingly diverse. Susan provides some background on major trends and speaks about dominant issues such as access to healthcare, pharmacare, the right to work and saving for one’s pension. Read more

Susan Eng's interview with CTV News
Susan Eng and host Dan Matheson discuss the role of age in the income gap


CARP’s Susan Eng and CTV News host Dan Matheson discuss the release of Conference Board of Canada report on age becoming a growing contributor to Canada’s income gap. Susan speaks about various issues pertaining to the wage gap and how they relate to both demographic groups. Read more

Decision Makers, Decision-Making and Dementia
Susan Eng is interviewed by Dr. Michael Gordon


Radio show, Family Caregivers Unite hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley featured a discussion with Susan Eng and Dr. Michael Gordon about roles and responsibilities of specialist physicians, the mental healthcare and criminal justice systems, families and family caregivers as decision-makers involved with dementia, and the challenges that confront these decision-makers in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities. They say what more they would like to see done to promote fair and reasonable decision making relating to dementia and share their messages for family caregivers concerned about family members who may be starting with dementia. Read more




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Community Based Solutions for Dementia Care
CARP editorial and reading list


In recent days, the conversations surrounding dementia care and experiences of caregivers have been resonating in the media. Many local initiatives have been taking place, discussing the issues and the solutions that can be used to improve the everyday experiences of people living with and caring for someone with dementia. Several interesting new findings and ideas have come to light... Read more

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CARP Political Poll
1. How would you describe your political orientation?

Right wing

Small “c” conservative

Moderate/centrist

Small “l” liberal

Left wing

Libertarian

Something else

DON’T KNOW

2. In your view, what is the defining issue of the Conservative Party?

National seniors’ strategy

Federal role in improving healthcare

Eliminate deficit/Jobs and growth

Making life more affordable/Reducing poverty

Senate reform

Pension reform

Returning OAS age limit to 65

Tough on crime

Legalize/decriminalize marijuana

OTHER/DON’T KNOW

3. In your view, what is the defining issue of the NDP?

National seniors’ strategy

Federal role in improving healthcare

Eliminate deficit/Jobs and growth

Making life more affordable/Reducing poverty

Senate reform

Pension reform

Returning OAS age limit to 65

Tough on crime

Legalize/decriminalize marijuana

OTHER/DON’T KNOW

4. In your view, what is the defining issue of the Liberal Party?

National seniors’ strategy

Federal role in improving healthcare

Eliminate deficit/Jobs and growth

Making life more affordable/Reducing poverty

Senate reform

Pension reform

Returning OAS age limit to 65

Tough on crime

Legalize/decriminalize marijuana

OTHER/DON’T KNOW

5. Which of the following issues do you want candidates to discuss on your doorstep in the 2015 election?

Repeal age limit change for OAS

Expanding CPP

Home care and long term care

National pharmacare plan

Better dementia care

End-of-life care

Elder abuse

Canada Post door-to-door delivery

Affordable housing

OTHER/DON’T KNOW

6. Which of the four federal parties has the best record on seniors’ issues?

Conservatives

New Democrats

Liberals

Greens

Another party

DON’T KNOW

7. Which of the four federal parties would be most likely to take the views of CARP into consideration when formulating policy?

Conservatives

New Democrats

Liberals

Greens

Another party

DON’T KNOW

8. Do you approve or disapprove of Stephen Harper?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DON’T KNOW

9. Do you approve or disapprove of Tom Mulcair?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DON’T KNOW

10. Do you approve or disapprove of Justin Trudeau?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DON’T KNOW

11. Do you approve or disapprove of Elizabeth May?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DON’T KNOW

12. Which of the four party leaders would handle the Canadian economy best?

Stephen Harper

Tom Mulcair

Justin Trudeau

Elizabeth May

None of them

DON’T KNOW

13. Which of the four party leaders would make the best Prime Minister?

Stephen Harper

Tom Mulcair

Justin Trudeau

Elizabeth May

None of them

DON’T KNOW

14. Which of the four party leaders has the best vision for Canada?

Stephen Harper

Tom Mulcair

Justin Trudeau

Elizabeth May

None of them

DON’T KNOW

15. Which of the four party leaders has the most credibility on seniors’ issues?

Stephen Harper

Tom Mulcair

Justin Trudeau

Elizabeth May

None of them

DON’T KNOW

16. If a federal election were held tomorrow, which party’s candidate would you support?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

17. Where do you live?

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

PEI

New Brunswick

Quebec

Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

Alberta

BC/Territories

18. What is your gender?

Male

Female

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The Middle-Aged Guide to Growing Up


I’ve been hang gliding, the closes thing to bird flight there is, and felt the lift of the wind in the silence above the pines. I’ve been scuba diving on the Barrier Reef off Belize, sitting in the lotus position on the pure white sand bottom, watching Hammerheads swim over me. I’ve flown over the Great Divide at dawn in a helicopter, listening to Bach and watching the rising sun glint off the high snowfields. Read more

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As dementia sets in, artists still recall drawing from memory
Recommended reading


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What is 8-80 Cities?
Group explains their age-friendly cities mission


Of all people that have ever lived to be 65 and older, half are alive today. It was only 150 years ago that the average life expectancy in Canada was just 40 years; today it’s over 81. We have doubled our life expectancy, we seemed to have learned how to “survive” but considering current problems of climate change, traffic congestion, public health crisis, economic crisis, etc., it’s obvious that now we need to learn “how to live.” Read more





CARP Membership Take on Pharmacare's big Questions
The CARP Poll Report


The vast majority of members have drug plans, mostly private sector, and the vast majority of plans have co-pays, usually 20%. Most agree Canada should not sign CETA if it imposes higher prescription drug prices and, if it does, that the federal government should pay the difference. As a result, almost all agree foreign drug companies operating in Canada should be required to spend a portion of their revenues on research and development here. Read more

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