From: Public Health Agency of Canada
Oct 1, 2018 Ottawa, ON Public Health Agency of Canada
October 1 is National Seniors Day, an occasion to celebrate older adults across Canada and to recognize the important contributions they make to our families, communities and country.
Seniors are an important part of Canadian society. They make up the fastest growing demographic in the country. As Minister of Health and someone with an ageing parent myself, I am committed to the health and social well-being of older Canadians. We need to celebrate Canada’s seniors and support them so that they can live healthy, active and independent lives.
The Government of Canada works with the provinces, territories and other partners and stakeholders in areas such as chronic disease prevention, surveillance, research and innovation. We are advancing key priorities such as age-friendly communities, mental health promotion and injury prevention, and we are working to address challenges like elder abuse and dementia.
Through a $75 million investment in the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project in New Brunswick, we will better understand the impacts of ageing on our population, including the different challenges faced by older Canadian women and men. Earlier this year, I held a National Dementia Conference and hosted the first meeting of a new Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia. Our consultations, including what we heard at the conference and the advice provided from the Advisory Board, will be important contributions to a National Dementia Strategy. We will also be investing $20 million over five years, and $4 million per year ongoing, for community-based projects that promote the well-being of people living with dementia, and their caregivers.
We also continue to work with the provinces, territories and stakeholders to help communities become more age-friendly. We want our communities to be inclusive and to help seniors live safe, healthy and active lives. Currently, there are more than 1,200 communities in Canada working to become more age-friendly, reduce injuries, and facilitate healthy, supportive environments for older adults.
This National Seniors Day, I encourage you to show your appreciation to a senior in your life. Without Canada’s seniors, we wouldn’t have the country we have today.
I wish you all a happy, healthy National Seniors Day.
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health