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July 3, 2015
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CARP for the Win! Letters to Senators and MPs Pay Off...
MP Michael Chongís Reform Act Clears the Senate Where it had been Stalled


CARP has supported Michael Chongís Reform Act since its inception and recently, the Wellington-Halton Hills MP and sponsor of the private memberís bill in question, appealed directly to CARP members by writing them this letter: ďThis letter is a call to action.Ē He told members, adding that it was stalled in the Senate and that CARP members needed to write the Senators to voice their support for the bill. CARP Action Online first published news of the reform act in the February 2014 issues of CARP Action Online when it was first introduced in the House of Commons. At the time, CARP polled its members and 75% of them supported the Reform Act. Michael Chong used the results of the CARP Poll on his Reform Bill in parliament before Question Period in early February 2014. Read more

CARP welcomes Ontario Government announcement to double investment to Seniors Community Grant Program
Announcement: Community Grant Program goes from $1 million to $2 million


In celebration of Seniors Month in June, Stewart Nam chair of North York Chapter attended an event during which Ontarioís Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs announced that Ontario government will double investment into the Seniors Community Grant Program from $1 million to $2 million. Read more





Senior Housing for Older LGBT Adults a New Part of the Landscape
Exploring the reasons behind the demand for seperate facilities


A nonprofit called Maryís House for Older Americans is creating Washington, D.C.ís first home for LGBT seniors. With a six-unit facility to be created in the Fort Dupont neighborhood, Maryís House is named after the mother of the nonprofitís founder, Dr. Imani Woody, who herself is lesbian. Maryís House will be joining similar developments in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Chicago serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors. Read more

Tripping The Light Fantastic
The Middle-Age Guide to Growing Up


Iím a Boomer, born when homosexuality was still outlawed in Britain, and still prosecuted. In retrospect, this seems like a fairly self-defeating policy when you think how many eminent Britons are or were gay. Anyway, thatís all in the past, and Britain knights its gay heroes now instead of jailing them, as Sir Elton John and Sir Ian McKellen will proudly tell you. Read more

Protecting yourself from financial abuse
Carol In Your Corner


Financial abuse of anyone Ė particularly seniors Ė can be blatant, but more likely incremental and insidious, but itís still Elder Abuse. Unfortunately, one month Ė June Ė designated to highlight the problem isnít nearly enough to stop unscrupulous people from taking advantage of the vulnerable. A member in B.C. recounts the following: My Mom, when she was first diagnosed with Alzheimerís, still wanted to do things on her own... Read more





The CARP Elder Abuse Poll Report
Self-reporting of elder abuse shows an increase over the last few years


There are split opinions among members on whether progress has or has not been made on elder abuse, but self-reporting shows an increase in elder abuse over the last few years, specifically in the case of neglect. A significant minority of members fear they will be vulnerable to abuse, usually because they will end in care and are alone. It is expected this abuse will take the form of neglect or emotional/verbal abuse. Those who do not fear abuse say it is because they are resourceful and financially sophisticated and will live with family, not in care. Read more





Nearly Half of Canadians Forced to Retire Earlier than Planned
New Angus Reid Institute "Anatomy of Retirement" Survey


Nearly half of Canadian retirees were forced into retirement earlier than they had planned and more than one quarter of those people are now struggling to make ends meet, a new poll has found. A total of 48 per cent of retired respondents said they retired earlier than they intended to because of circumstances beyond their control. Read more

A Foot in the Door
Seniors ask, ĎWill I have to Move?í


At 76, Lisa Schmidt is beginning to worry about staircases. To be specific, the flight up to the first-floor condominium sheís owned in an Abbotsford, B.C. retirement complex since 1994. Her hip has been hurting for some time, but so far her doctor hasnít deemed a replacement necessary. So she bears the pain to run errands and walk her dog, Two-Socks. Read more

Community organizations help to engage seniors on important issues
Organizer: ďWe are committed to help shift the conversation about agingĒ


Sex and seniors are two words that arenít often spoken together. But Joan Poulin and Dianne Norris are trying to change that by setting up sexual health education workshops for older adults considering the fact that seniors have one of the highest rates of STDs in North America. ďPeople my age never had sex education in school and our parents never talked about it,Ē says Poulin. Read more

Debate over who benefits from increase to TFSAs continues
Expansion is one facet of a broader strategy to boost retirement savings and security


Melissa Lantsman, a spokesperson for Mr. Oliver, said on Sunday that while she has not seen the Broadbent Institute report, the TFSA increase has received strong support from the Canadian Association of Retired Persons. She also said TFSAs ďare a great way for Canadians to save for a new home, their childrenís education and their retirement.Ē Read more

At 71, nurse Pauline is redefining her retirement
When it comes to older workers and their value, many employers would benefit from an education


After a rewarding, decades-long career in health care, Pauline Deane never imagined that a process improvement model developed by a leading car manufacturer would be the thing to pull her out of retirement. But when a former employer called the registered nurse to ask whether sheíd be willing to pioneer Toyotaís world-renowned ďlean production programĒ within various Vancouver health-care settings, she jumped at the opportunity. Read more

Reporting Elder Abuse is Crucial
CARP Chapters in the News


Bob Stinson has heard some sad stories. The chairman of the Haliburton chapter of CARP said he established the local advocacy group to help give a voice to seniors who need it, like those suffering from elder abuse. June 15 was named World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to create a discussion about seniors in abusive, isolated, or neglected situations. Read more

Where do Older LGBT Canadians and Americans Stand Today?
Pride 2015: The times they are a changin' (but some things remain the same)


Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada for over a decade and just last week, on June 26th, 2015, the United-States followed suit. Before the ruling there had been a patchwork quilt of legislation that differed from one state to another. But Friday, in a historic 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry violates the U.S. Constitution. The ruling invalidates discriminatory laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and as a practical matter, requires all 50 states to allow same-sex couples to marry. American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said that the decision (Obergefell v. Hodges) had been 50 years in the making and that it would ďstand with Brown vs. Board of Education as one of the landmark civil rights moments of our time.Ē Read more

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CARP LGBT Poll
1. Are you, or is someone you know lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT)?

Yes, me

Yes, a family member

Yes, a friend

Yes, an acquaintance

Yes, someone else

Yes, more than one of these categories

No, I donít know anyone who is LGBT

2. Do you know anyone who is in a same sex marriage?

Yes, me

Yes, a family member

Yes, a friend

Yes, an acquaintance

Yes, someone else

Yes, more than one of these categories

No, I donít know anyone who is in a

same sex marriage

3. Do you know anyone who is LGBT who is also in care or in assisted living?

Yes, me

Yes, a family member

Yes, a friend

Yes, an acquaintance

Yes, someone else

Yes, more than one of these categories

No, I donít know anyone who is LGBT in care

4. Do LGBT Canadians suffer from discrimination because of their sexual identity?

No, not at all, weíre past that

Sometimes, we like to think weíre past that but we arenít completely

Frequently, many Canadians do not accept LGBT lifestyles

All the time, homophobia is very common in Canada

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

5. Both ageism and homophobia are forms of discrimination and stereotyping. Which do you think is more personally damaging to individuals?

Homophobia

Ageism

Both equally

Neither is a problem in Canada

DONíT KNOW

6. What are the most serious problems LGBT seniors will face as they age?

Separation from partners in long-term care facilities/nursing homes

Lack of affordable diversity inclusive housing

Discrimination and ageism

Isolation upon death of a partner

No/few close family members for support

Same problems as other seniors

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

7. Do you agree or disagree that social services and health care for seniors in Canada are inclusive of LGBT seniorsí needs?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

8. What do you think are the most serious problems LGBT seniors in care facilities could face?

Abuse or neglect from staff

Discrimination by staff

Discrimination by other residents

Isolation from other residents

Abuse by residents

Stereotyping

No problems in particular

All the same problems as other seniors

OTHER/DONíT KNOW

9. Does unspoken bigotry and homophobia affect the quality of care LGBT seniors receive in Canada?

Yes

No

DONíT KNOW

10. Do you agree or disagree some LGBT seniors may have to abandon their identity and go back in the closet if and when they go into care?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

11. Do older LGBT Canadians who came of age when society was less accepting face greater obstacles than younger LGBT Canadians today?

Yes, legacy of hiding sexual identity remains

Yes, more socialization and acculturation needed

No, society is now totally accepting of sexual diversity

No, society is now mostly accepting of sexual diversity

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

12. How important is that LGBT seniors be allowed to express their identity in care facilities?

Very important

Somewhat important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

13. What is the best solution to integrating LGBT seniors into a care environment?

Separate care facilities for LGBT seniors

Awareness building and sensitizing care staff to the LGBT experience

Awareness building and sensitizing care residents to the LGBT experience

More acceptance in society at large Strive for diversity in care facilities

LGBT-directed community centres and services

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

14. As far as you know, how important is it that LGBT seniors in care facilities are free to have relationships with other LGBT seniors?

Very important

Somewhat important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

15. How inclusive are care facilities to the needs of LGBT seniors?

Very inclusive, gender diversity is welcome

Somewhat inclusive, there is a place for LGBT residents

Not very inclusive, no planning or services in place

Not at all inclusive, gender identity is not respected

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

16. How easy do you think it is for LGBT seniors to access inclusive housing, where they are accepted and valued?

Very easy

Somewhat easy

Somewhat difficult

Very difficult

DONíT KNOW

17. Do you agree or disagree that LGBT seniors who have to move out of their chosen community because of health or financial reasons need to be able to find inclusive and accepting housing or care facilities?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

18. There is evidence LGBT seniors face greater and more different types of discrimination than non-LGBT seniors in finding affordable and assisted living housing, which can lead to depression, loneliness and poor health. What is the best solution for helping LGBT seniors to find inclusive housing?

Build more inclusive and diversity-friendly housing

Support programs to help LGBT seniors find inclusive housing

Awareness-building campaigns to promote inclusive housing

Special ďdiversityĒ wings or floors in all public nursing homes

More study is required

This is not a problem that needs a public solution

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

19. How important is it that all seniors have access to inclusive and welcoming care and housing, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation?

Very important

Somewhat important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

20. How important is a close community of other LGBT people to LGBT seniors as they age?

Very important

Somewhat important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

21. Is it important for LGBT seniors who are single or who have lost a partner to have the same rights to relationships and dating in care?

Very important

Somewhat important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

22. If a federal election were held tomorrow, which partyís candidate would you support?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

23. If a federal election were held tomorrow, which party would you expect to win?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

24. If no party wins a majority in the next federal election, which type of government are you most likely to support?

A Conservative minority

A Liberal minority

An NDP minority

A Liberal/NDP coalition

A Conservative/NDP coalition

A Conservative/Liberal coalition

The party with most seats

The party that has the confidence of the house

Some other arrangement

DONíT KNOW

25. Where do you live?

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

PEI

New Brunswick

Quebec

Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

Alberta

BC/Territories

26. What is your gender?

Male

Female

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