Canada's Aging Population: Seizing the Opportunity

    OTTAWA, April 22 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of the five million family
caregivers in Canada, the Canadian Caregiver Coalition (CCC) applauds the
Special Senate Committee on Aging for its recognition of the needs of family
caregivers in its report - Canada's Aging Population: Seizing the Opportunity,
released today. One of the reports key recommendations is for a National
Caregiver Strategy.

    The CCC believes that a Caregiving Strategy should include:

    - Safeguarding the health and wellbeing of family caregivers and
      increasing the flexibility and availability of respite care
    - Minimizing excessive financial burden placed on family caregivers
    - Enabling access to user friendly information and education
    - Creating flexible workplace environments that respect caregiving
    - Investing in research on family caregiving as a foundation for
      evidence-informed decision making

    The Senate Committee Report provides the evidence to support the need and
urgency for a pan-Canadian strategy to address the needs of family caregivers.
"There is a role for all of society in order to achieve the vision for family
caregiving in Canada", stated Nadine Henningsen, President of the Canadian
Caregiver Coalition. "We believe that the federal government must assume a
leadership position so that the vision can move to reality in Canada."
    The Canadian Caregiver Coalition is currently undertaking broad-based
stakeholder consultations on the elements of a Caregiver Strategy and commits
to continue working with the federal government to advance the interests of
family caregivers within government.

    About the Canadian Caregiver Coalition

    The Canadian Caregiver Coalition is a diverse group of national and
provincial organizations from across Canada that works collaboratively to
represent and promote the needs and interests of family caregivers with all
levels of government, and the community. The vision of the Canadian Caregivers
Coalition is a Canada that recognizes and respects the integral role of family
caregivers in society, and supports this role with the understanding that it
is not a substitute for public responsibility in health and social care.

For further information:

For further information: Nadine Henningsen, President, Canadian
Caregiver Coalition & Executive Director, Canadian Home Care Association,
(613) 569-1585;

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