Move Canadian Seniors out of the Health Portfolio and into the Families Portfolio
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Seniors in Canadian provinces are not receiving the services and care that they need to stay in their homes and age well. Seniors residing in Personal Care Homes are not receiving the level of care and comfort that they deserve because the funding for these facilities is very low from the provincial coffers.
Currently in Manitoba, Seniors are under the Minister of Health, Healthy Living and Seniors - it is almost an after thought to include them.
I believe the neglect and disinterest in the plight of seniors in nursing homes and those living in the community across Canada, who suffer without adequate basic care, services and compassion may be due to the fact that seniors are under the wrong government office - e.g. Health, Healthy Living and Seniors. Instead seniors ought to be under the Families Minister because they are a major part of families. The medicalization of aging, and being placed under the auspices of the Health Minister, has not done any service to seniors and stereotypes them into a category of sick, frail, and past the best before date and high end users of valuable health resources.
If seniors were placed under the appropriate government office such as Minister of Families, they would be seen as being a part of a family, and major contributors to our society and culture. With this change to the Families portfolio, seniors will be afforded the same care services and human rights and autonomy as all citizens. This is the only way to ensure that cultural attitudes will change because of how the society treats its seniors. It is a way to ensure that government takes the necessary steps to ensure that seniors, as part of the Canadian Family, are cared for with appropriate services and treated with respect and dignity they deserve.
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