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April 18, 2015
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Federal Budget -What Seniors Want
Nation-wide collaboration of retiree groups say issue set is a pre-condition to seniors' vote


Seniors Vote/ Le Vote Des AÓnťs is a collaboration of seniors groups calling for action on issues of particular concern to older Canadians Ė retirement security and healthcare reform and has released an open letter to the Finance Ministers ahead of the upcoming federal budget. Open Letter and Poll included...Read more

Joe Oliver hints budget will double limit for tax-free savings accounts
Several news sources are reporting the annoucement could be made in the Federal Budget


In a letter to Conservative MPs dated April 7, Mr. Oliver provides several statistics to dispute the criticism that increasing the limit would primarily benefit wealthy Canadians. ďDuring the 2011 election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper committed to doubling TFSAs once the budget was balanced. Canadians know that we stick to our commitments. And on April 21st I will present a balanced budget that will make life more affordable for Canadians,Ē he wrote. Read more

What an $11,000 TFSA limit means for your retirement
Change would impact how Canadians save for retirement and how they save for their first home


A lifetimeís worth of financial planning would be affected if the annual contribution limit for tax-free savings accounts is doubled. Finance Minister Joe Oliver is strongly suggesting that the federal budget coming April 21 will deliver on a promise the federal Conservatives made in the last election campaign to double the annual contribution limit on TFSAs, currently at $5,500. Read more

CARP supports adoption of Bill C-247 that will assist Canadians during a difficult time
Bill would simplify the process of managing the affairs of a deceased loved one


Experiencing a death of a loved one is a difficult experience on its own, and having to go through the rigorous process of notifying government of the death only adds to the challenges and frustrations that arise when dealing with loss. Read more





CARP Pre-Budget Poll Report
Most members do not agree the Canadian government does a good job of tending to seniorsí needs and concerns


When asked what their main concerns are, CARP members say health care reform and ensuring equal opportunity for all age groups come first. The leading social determinant of health is seen to be, naturally, income, followed by retirement security, nutrition and education. When asked which factors most impact quality of life, health care and pension reform are seen to be the most important, rather than income inequality or housing. Read more

CARP members reject mortgaging home or depleting savings to pay nursing home fees as proposed in New Brunswick: Poll
The CARP Poll - Press Release


In last weekís poll, 67% of CARP members reject the prospect of means-testing support for nursing home fees, 80% say that itís unfair to be forced to mortgage or sell the family home to pay nursing home fees and half say it would be a ballot issue for them. Read more

Two-thirds of CARP members support TFSA increase: CARP Pollô
The CARP Poll - Press Release


In an overnight CARP Pollô, CARP members voice strong support for increasing the annual TFSA contribution limit to $11,000. The vast majority (81%) contribute to a TFSA. Read more





First World Problems
The Middle-Age Guide to Growing Up


I canít get wifi on my yacht. That was the first time I realized I had first world problems. Itís not really a yacht, itís a workmanlike motorsailer, about 30 years old, and in the summer, I use it as my office. Itís moored at the local yacht club, and has air conditioning, how water, gas, electricity, a shower, flat screen TVs and a music system. But not wifi. Read more

Decision Time
Carolís Corner


Spring has arrived, at least according to the calendar, and whether or not it feels like it depends on where you live in this country. Nevertheless, I fear it is time to stop stalling and begin cleaning, tidying, disposing of accumulated Ďstuffí that is threatening to take over the premises... Read more

An Ounce of PreventionÖ
Carol IN YOUR Corner


PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE, thatís what Desiderius Erasmus, the Dutch Renaissance humanist said in 1523, and heís still right. However, there are times when in spite of following all the rules, you feel you have been misled, or the product hasnít lived up to expectations.Read more





Susan Eng, Vice President of CARP talks about retirement homes fees
Susan on Goldhawk Fights Back - Audio


Susan Eng, Vice President of CARP talks about retirement homes where some fees are still payable after the tenant has moved out Ė or died. Read more

Seniors still face long waits for places to live
Nova Scotia Chapter


Advocates note little progress in time it takes to get into government housing Despite plans announced last fall to use all of an unspent $42-million fund to decrease the list of people waiting for a government housing space and adding 300 units to the program, demand remains steady and, in the case of seniors, is increasing. Read more

Technology helps seniors take control of their health
Pickering-Ajax Chapter


Randy Filinski might be of retirement age but heís no less wired than many people of younger generations. ďI use a Fitbit [fitness bracelet] that I wear daily to tell me how many steps I take, and to track my sleep patterns,Ē says Filinski, a consumer health advocate and chair of the Canadian Association of Retired Personsí Ajax-Pickering chapter in suburban Toronto. ďI believe it is a forerunner of things to come as technology becomes wearable with Bluetooth and wireless tracking.Ē Read more
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Make dangerous driving, not age, a requirement for tests: instructor
North Fraser Chapter


A Vancouver driving instructor suggests drivers with poor records should be targeted for re-testing, rather than going after the elderly. The B.C. government requires drivers who are 80 years old to take regular medical fitness exams to ensure theyíre fit to drive. If the test raises red flags about cognitive function, the driver has to take another test that could include an on-road evaluation. Read more

Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver Goes on Record in Response to TFSA Budget RumoursÖ
You Heard it Here First!


On April 7th, 2015, the Globe and Mail reported that Finance Minister Joe Oliver had hinted that the April 21st 2015 federal budget might usher in a doubling of the TFSA contribution limits. Read more

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CARP Home Care Poll
1. Do you or does anyone you know receive home based care, whether itís chronic care, rehabilitation or primary care?

Yes, me

Yes, a spouse

Yes, a family member

Yes, someone I know

No one I know receives home care

2. How would you rate the quality of care you or this person receives?

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

DONíT KNOW

DONíT KNOW ANYONE RECEIVING HOME CARE

3. How long did you or this person wait for the initial assessment to determine if home care was needed?

A day or two

Less than a week

A week to less than a month

A month or two

Longer than this

DONíT KNOW

DONíT KNOW ANYONE RECEIVING HOME CARE

4. How long after the assessment was complete did you or this person wait for home care to start?

A day or two

Less than a week

A week to less than a month

A month or two

Longer than this

DONíT KNOW

DONíT KNOW ANYONE RECEIVING HOME CARE

5. What is an acceptable maximum time one should wait between the initial assessment and receiving home care?

A day or two

Less than a week

A week to less than a month

A month or two

Longer than this

DONíT KNOW

6. Do you agree or disagree there should be firm guidelines for how long a patient must wait for an assessment, and how long they must wait for home care to begin?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

7. As far as you know, has there been a change in quality of the home care available in Canada in the past ten years?

Yes, quality has improved

Yes, quality has become worse

No change has occurred

DONíT KNOW

8. How difficult is it to get information about qualifying for and receiving home care in your province? DONíT KNOW

Very difficult

Somewhat difficult

Not very difficult

Not at all difficult

9. How familiar are you with which types of home care are publicly covered and what the criteria for eligibility are?

Very familiar

Somewhat familiar

Not very familiar

Not at all familiar

DONíT KNOW

10. In some provinces, there are multiple layers of administration for home care assessments and provision. How important is it that home care programs are streamlined and managed by actual providers?

Extremely important

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

11. Who should take the lead in directing home care services for the care recipient?

The family doctor

The local social services agency

The local hospital or clinic

A central office

The care recipient

The care recipientís family

More than one of these

DONíT KNOW

12. Who should the home care provider be?

A doctor making house calls

A nurse practitioner

A nurse

A Personal Care Worker

A social worker

Someone else

DONíT KNOW

13. Do you agree or disagree that home care should be offered to palliative care patients so that they can die at home?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

14. How important is it to integrate palliative care and home care?

Extremely important

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

15. Why do you think government and health care providers are so slow to provide timely, affordable, effective home care?

Providers out of touch with patient needs

Costs too great/expensive

Providers more concerned with acute/hospital care

No risk of losing jobs/salary/business

Inability to see beyond the status quo

Providers reluctance to accept good care is available outside institutions

Despite supportive talk, no political will to secure funding

Providers have good care, donít see the need for others to have it

Vested interests (hospitals/clinics) resist this

OTHER/DONíT KNOW

16. Many governments are now increasing spending on home care in Canada, yet access does not improve. Why is this?

Money being spent on administration/overhead

Poor administration

Amounts being spent are symbolic only

No real political will to reform health care

Vested interests (hospitals, insurers) donít lead change, which is key

It takes time for improvement to work its way through system

More funding needed than being provided

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

17. Are the sums being spent on home care a real attempt to improve service or are they just election-year handouts?

Real attempt to improve service

Just election year handouts

Something else

DONíT KNOW

18. In Ontario, an audit of home care service provision showed the wait for an assessment was as long as 15 months, and the wait for home care was as long as 9 months. Is this acceptable or unacceptable?

Completely acceptable

Acceptable

Unacceptable

Completely unacceptable

DONíT KNOW

19. Should home care be a health care service all Canadians can expect to receive as soon as they need it?

Yes

No

DONíT KNOW

20. And does home care available in your province meet this standard?

Yes

No

DONíT KNOW

21. Home care has been shown to improve health outcomes and save money, and is repeatedly mentioned as a top priority by members. Provincial governments admit this is the case and say they support home care. Yet home care remains difficult to access. How would you describe this situation?

Genuinely difficult/time consuming to reorganize health care system

Progress is slowly being made/difficult to see initially

Governments are failing in their duty to Canadians

Governments have already failed in their duty to Canadians

Governments never intended to provide comprehensive home care

Governments are ineffective/incompetent

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

22. Which of the leading federal parties has the best platform for older Canadians in their platform?

Conservatives

Liberals

NDP

Greens

None of these

All of these

More than one

DONíT KNOW

23. Do you recall seeing or hearing any advertising about election promises for seniors recently?

Yes, Conservative TV ads

Yes, Liberal TV ads

Yes, NDP TV ads

Yes, Conservative radio ads

Yes, Liberal radio ads

Yes, NDP radio ads

Yes, Conservative print ads

Yes, Liberal print ads

Yes, NDP print ads

No, havenít seen or heard these ads

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

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

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

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

26. Where do you live?

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

PEI

New Brunswick

Quebec

Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

Alberta

BC/Territories

27. What is your gender?

Male

Female

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