On-going collaboration to support the well-being of seniors living in
YELLOWKNIFE, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - This week, Federal, Provincial and
Territorial (F/P/T) Ministers Responsible for Seniors met to review
recent collaborative work and discuss ways to further support the
well-being of seniors living in Canada. Building on the forum's actions
over the past year, Ministers agreed on shared priorities for the year
Older Canadians are healthier, living longer, more active lives, and
continue to make valuable contributions to our communities, families
and workplaces. With the growing number of seniors in Canada the
ongoing work in the interest of older Canadians is more important than
"Our government continues to work hard to improve the lives of seniors,"
said the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) and federal
meeting co-chair. "I welcome the opportunity to meet with my provincial
and territorial colleagues to discuss, among other things, increasing
seniors' financial literacy, and ways to help older workers balance the
competing demands of work and care."
"In the Northwest Territories, we encourage healthy aging and support
seniors to stay with loved ones for their remaining years," said the
Honourable Tom Beaulieu, Minister Responsible for Seniors for the
Northwest Territories and meeting co-chair. "These past two days, we
have shared our healthy aging perspectives with Ministers from all
other provinces and territories. We are pleased with the collaboration
and discussion among Ministers and we appreciate the opportunity to
showcase our territory."
Ministers agreed to work on the following priorities:
Assist older workers balancing the competing demands of work and care by
ensuring that employees and employers are aware of the programs,
services and benefits that could potentially enable older workers, who
are also caregivers, to continue to be a part of the Canadian labour
Explore options to support seniors and near seniors by increasing
awareness for the need to plan for aging in place, including having the
knowledge and skills to make informed financial decisions. These
options may include how technology can support aging in place.
The F/P/T Ministers Responsible for Seniors approved an information
resource on Powers of Attorney and joint bank accounts. This booklet
helps develop an understanding of the benefits and risks associated
with these two financial management tools commonly used by seniors. The
booklet will be made public and will be distributed by the provinces
and territories at their discretion.
F/P/T Ministers Responsible for Seniors will reconvene in October 2014
to review progress on the work being done and identify new priorities.
"I look forward to welcoming F/P/T Ministers to continue our ongoing
collaboration towards supporting the well-being of seniors in Canada,"
said Prince Edward Island Minister of Community Services and Seniors
Valerie E. Docherty.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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"While Québec shares the concerns of other governments regarding these subjects, it does not subscribe to, or take part in, pan-Canadian approaches in fields within its jurisdiction and intends to fully assume its responsibilities in these matters. Quebec will continue to contribute to this forum by sharing expertise, information and best practices."