On May 6, twenty partners of CAGP and CCSMH gather to develop a bold plan to work together to address the growing physical and mental health needs of seniors. Our aging population is already impacting on Canada’s health care system as well as our ability to maintain our physical, mental, social and economic well-being. This significant demographic shift demands a bold plan for a range of physical and mental health services for seniors at home, in the community and in long-term care settings.
Dr. Kiran Rabheru set the tone for the forum articulating that being “Bold for the Old” is about a fundamental shift in our attitudes towards ageing. He asked if a multi-sectoral partnership approach can transform the current reality of so many Canadians suffering from chronic health conditions, frailty, dementia/cognitive impairments and mental illness to optimal living as seniors live longer and are more engaged in their own health. He further stated that our vision is to move away from disease based curative models to older person centered systems across the continuum of health and social care by all levels of governments, policy makers, and resources.
Through a series of interviews, group discussions and small group exercises, participants identified the following three priority goals:
- To redefine ageing as a positive continuum of life by promoting the benefits of living optimally to the person, family, organization, community and nation.
- To designated age friendly communities integrate health services and adopt a mental health lens in acting on priorities at the local level.
- To secure resources and sustainable funding to ensure the mental health, resilience and quality of life of seniors.
For more information on the forum and the suggested actions plans for these goals, check out the Proceedings, please click here!
Stay tuned for further action CAGP will take in collaboration with its partners to work together on these bold plans.
Submitted by: Bonnie Schroeder