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March 27, 2015
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More Funds Will go to Ontario Home and Community Care
Breaking News!


The Ontario government announced on March 24, 2015 that more money will be invested in home and community care Ė a welcomed news for many Ontarians. CARP has the details on the new funding envelope. Read more

Ontario Home and Community Care in Disarray and in Need of Reform
Two recently released reports reveal disturbing truths about the state of home care in Ontario


Home and community care has been heralded as a large part of the solution to allow people age at home and bring cost savings to the overall health system, but the current state of home and community care has yet to fully realize itís acclaimed benefits. Read more

New Brunswick Could be Moving towards Means Testing for Nursing Home Care - What Would this Entail?
A Discussion and a copy of the Exchange heard in the Legislature Tuesday


On Tuesday March 24th, 2015 a discussion was held in the New Brunswick Legislature during question period. It seems that the government is floating a trial balloon on the introduction of ďmeans testingĒ as opposed to ďincome testingĒ for seniors who need nursing home care. A means test is a determination of whether an individual or family is eligible for government assistance based upon whether the individual or family possesses to means to do so without help. The catch is that means testing takes both income AND assets into account, including the family home in its value which could mean seniors will have to mortgage or sell their home if one partner needs financial help for nursing home care. Conversely, income testing takes into account the individual or familyís income Ė using all streams of available income but leaving assets like the main family home in place. Read more

North Fraser Chapter of CARP Meets with Superintendent of Motor Vehicles
BC Chapter's Campaign Scores Serious Political Recognition and Media Attention


The CARP North Fraser Chapter met with British Columbia Superintendent of Motor Vehicles Sam MacLeod on February 12th to talk about senior driving rules. Here you will find Chapter Chair Bruce Birdís summary of the presentation made by his Chapter. Read more





The Misfits!
The Middle-Age Guide to Growing Up


Iím a boomer, and Iím old enough that the teachers at my boarding school were not so much rigourously screened for their suitability as they were sieved out of the available teaching (and non-teaching) population. Boarding schools didnít pay much in the 60s because they didnít have to. Artists, retired linebackers, remittance men, all were welcome, for a bit of coin and room and board. Read more

Janet Gray Key in Designating Ottawa "Age Friendly"
CARP Member Profile: Janet's Exploits as a CARP Chapter Chair


Janet Gray has been a member of CARP for many years and when she discovered that the Nationís Capital did not have a CARP chapter, she started one in January 2009. Most recently, Janet was mentioned, rightfully so, by the Ontario Legislature as part of International Womenís Day... Read more

If it Sounds too Good to be True, It Probably Is
Carol IN Your Corner: Protect yourself from rental, mortgage, builder/renovation and investment scams


So, weíve been warned, but temptation is always lurking, and we consumers are required to be on guard against quick-talking, persuasive scam artists who have been working hard at perfecting their skills at bilking people. Not only do we stand to take a hit on our bank account, but our self-confidence suffers as well. Read more

You Donít Need to Know!
Carolís Corner


My grandmother Ė my fatherís mother Ė would never tell anyone her age. According to my mother, who happened to be there when the census taker arrived Ė apparently they made house calls in those days Ė she was very reluctant to tell him anything, least of all her age. The conversation went something like this... Read more





Retirement homes: 5 things to ask before the big move
A lawyer can help retirees negotiate, understand contracts


Prospective residents of retirement home units can manage to avoid troublesome surprises by taking the time to understand the fine print of their multipage contracts. People need to understand how important choosing a retirement home is, says David Harvey, Alzheimer Society of Ontarioís chief public policy and programs initiative officer. Read more

Retirement home fees of $1K per month continue after seniors die or move out
Son forced to keep paying fees to a home where his late father had not lived for years - company has no intention of changing policy


Retirement Concepts, a large company that runs private seniorsí residences, is under fire from relatives forced to pay $1,000 monthly fees long after their loved ones have died or moved out. Last year, Jack Harris was asked to move out of his independent living complex by the company, which runs the building, because his dementia had caused him to start wandering.Read more

Senior drivers donít need mandatory medical exams says CARP
Bruce Bird says seniors who lose their licences face the loss of their independence


Regulations that require drivers who are 80 years old or older to undergo a medical fitness exam should be scrapped because they are discriminatory, says a seniors advocacy group. Seniors who turn 80 will receive a notice to take a medical exam to ensure they are fit to drive. Read more

Medical exam for 80 year old drivers is discriminatory, advocacy group says
Another example of the extensive coverage this campaign received


He pointed out that seniors have to pay for the medical exam themselves, and that the cost can vary from $75 to $400, which becomes another financial burden for seniors surviving on fixed incomes. At the other end of the age scale, a 16-year-old who applies for a learnerís driverís licence also faces restrictions. But Bird pointed out thatís not because of the personís age: itís because theyíre new drivers. Read more

Toronto police warn East Yorkers of new phone scam
Grandparent scam money is almost impossible to recover - it is best to be vigilant


ďHi Grandpa.Ē ďBilly is that you?Ē ďYeah, listen I need help but donít tell mom and dad.Ē Thatís the typical script of the grandparent scam. Grandparents, believing their beloved grandchild is in trouble, then transfer money to scammers electronically. Read more





Results from the CARP Fraud Poll
The CARP Poll Report


Incidence of members experiencing fraud, either themselves or someone they know, has increase significantly across the past 3 years, although fraud by trusted advisers is on the wane, as is investment fraud, while internet fraud and identity theft have become more prominent. Members most want their funds returned, followed by seeing the perpetrator in jail or having the perpetrator personally repay the funds when asked for the ideal outcome. Read more

Progress on CARPís Call to End Patchwork of Fire Safety Measures
A Summary, Results and Responses Roundup of CARP's Fire Safety Campaign!


CARP has been a vocal advocate on the issue of fire safety in care homes and in particular on fire sprinkler retrofitting, urging governments to end the patchwork of fire safety measures in nursing homes across Canada and to make sprinkler systems mandatory in all care facilities including those built before 1997. Read more

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CARP Pre-Budget Poll
1. The federal budget will be tabled soon, and CARP has made numerous submissions on behalf of older Canadians. How well does this government respond to and act on the concerns of seniors and older Canadians?

Extremely well

Very well

Well

Not very well

Not at all well

DONíT KNOW

2. Which of the following has the greatest impact on the quality of life for seniors in Canada?

Pensions/pension reform

Health care/health care reform

Housing/low cost housing

Income inequality

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

3. CARP has been advocating for major pension reforms ahead of the budget. How important is it to you that the government undertakes significant pension reform to ensure older Canadians do not outlive their money?

Extremely important

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

4. How important is it for Canada that the government restore the eligibility age for OAS from 67 to 65, which is another CARP demand?

Extremely important

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

5. How important is it to you personally that the government restore the eligibility age for OAS from 67 to 65?

Extremely important

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

6. Among the specific pension reforms CARP calls for are income supports for single seniors, increasing the amount earned before OAS clawbacks, increasing OAS/GIS for low income seniors and ending retroactive termination of pension benefits. Do you agree or disagree with these demands?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

7. CARP has called for health care providers to start treating patients as ďhealth care citizensĒ. How important is it to you that health care providers stop treating patients like ďconsumersĒ and start treating them like ďcitizensĒ, with rights and the leading role in their care?

Extremely important

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

8. How important is it to you that health care in Canada mirror the values described in the Canada Health Act, a major CARP demand, which are Universality, Accessibility and Comprehensiveness?

Extremely important

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

9. Do you agree or disagree Canadaís health care system must undergo transformative, root and branch change to achieve the goals discussed above?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

10. The federal government has reduced its role in the national health care system. CARP has called for more engagement at the national level. Do you agree or disagree the federal government must become re-engaged in the management of the health care system in order for significant change to occur?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

11. How important is it that the government addresses the social determinants of health, such as income or housing as well as disease prevention and treatment?

Extremely important

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

12. What is the most important social determinant of health?

Income

Housing

Education

Age

Nutrition

Geography

Retirement security

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

13. In addition to the formal health care system, more than 8 million informal caregivers take on the burden of caring for loved ones with no support from the government or from employers. How important is it that the government increase support for informal caregivers?

Extremely important

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

14. CARP advocates for a universal, national pharmacare plan with no co-pays which could save between $5 billion and $10 billion a year in the cost of prescription drugs. Do you agree or disagree Canada should have a national pharmacare plan?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

15. Do you agree or disagree that high quality chronic care, for diseases such as COPD, diabetes and cardiovascular conditions is a critical to health care as primary care in hospitals and clinics?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

16. Dementia affects 750,000 Canadians and will strike thousands of Canadians in the next few years. Do you agree or disagree home care, for conditions such as dementia and end-of-life care, is as important to health care as primary care in hospitals and clinics?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree

DONíT KNOW

17. How important is it that the government works to ensure every Canadian has access to needs-appropriate housing, including affordable and supportive housing and assisted living?

Extremely important

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

18. What are the elements of a national housing strategy that should be targeted to older Canadians?

Affordability

Access to services/retail/etc

Special design/grab bars/wide halls/etc

Downtown/central

Doctor on call

Availability

Allowing seniors to stay in their homes

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

19. Do you agree or disagree income inequality is growing in Canada?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

20. Whatís the best way to to prevent income equality from becoming a greater problem?

Guaranteed minimum income

Significant increase in minimum wage

Limit CEO salaries

Universal Pension Plan or UPP to supplement CPP

Increase income supports for low income Canadians

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

NOTHING GOVERNMENT CAN DO

INCOME INEQUALITY NOT A PROBLEM

21. When you cast a vote, whose future are you voting to secure?

Mine

My childrenís

My grandchildrenís

OTHER

22. If you were asked to describe ďwhat seniors wantĒ in a single phrase, which one would you use?

Pension reform

Healthcare reform

Political stability

Economic stability

Jobs and growth

Affordable, age appropriate housing

Special tax benefits/credits for seniors only

Equal opportunity and benefits for all age groups in society

A government that gets things done

SOMETHING ELSE

23. In most provinces, when seniors need help paying for nursing home care, they are ďincome testedĒ, where all their available sources of income, including pensions and investments, are calculated to determine their need. In Newfoundland and now New Brunswick, however, seniors in need will be ďmeans testedĒ, in which both income and assets, including the family home are calculated, and need is determined on the total value. Do you agree or disagree with this change?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

24. Do you agree or disagree itís fair to ask seniors to mortgage or sell the family home if one partner needs financial help entering a nursing home?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

25. Would you or would you not withhold your vote from a politician, even one you would normally support, who backed means testing over income testing as a way of determine whether older Canadians need financial help in their retirement?

I would withhold my vote even if I had planned to support that politician

I would not withhold my vote if I had planned to support that politician

This is not an issue that would decide my vote

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

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

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

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

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

28. Where do you live?

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

PEI

New Brunswick

Quebec

Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

Alberta

BC/Territories

29. What is your gender?

Male

Female

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