OTTAWA, March 30, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) is cautioning the Government of Canada that changes to the age of eligibility for Old-Age Security (OAS) in Canada places many Canadians in a precarious position, both financially and for their health and wellness.
In 2011, Statistics Canada reported that approximately one quarter of retirees indicated poor health or disability was a factor in their decision to retire, and that many of those yet to retire reported that they continued to work out of financial necessity.
"While some Canadians are choosing to work past the age of 65, health status and activity limitations are critical factors when making the decision to retire" says Sue Baptiste, President of CAOT. "Any changes to OAS have to be met with practical solutions and occupational interventions to support the average working Canadian."
Changes to OAS and the retirement age of federal public servants must incorporate a plan that recognizes age-related health changes and includes workplace accommodation and/or training for those no longer able to perform their work due to illness or disability. Without such a plan, too many Canadians will be left waiting for resources necessary to support themselves and their families as they age.
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) is a national member-based association representing occupational therapists in Canada. With over 13,000 practicing occupational therapists in Canada, CAOT provides leadership to actively develop and promote the client-centred profession of occupational therapy in Canada and internationally.
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