Nov 07, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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It’s called ”Aging With Confidence:  Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors.”
(City News / The Canadian Press)
And with an election next spring, Premier Kathleen Wynne unveiled the $155-million, 20-point plan at Hamilton’s Sackville Hill Seniors Recreation Centre.
”My mom is 89 and my dad is 91, so my family and I know, on a very personal level, how important it is to Ontario’s 2-million seniors, and their families and friends, that we empower older people to navigate this next phase of life with dignity and as much independence as possible.”
Some of the highlights include 5,000 new long-term care beds over the next four years with a pledge to create 30,000 more over the next decade.
Additional staffing to increase the hours of direct care residents in long-term care facilities receive to four-hours-per-resident.
And after much lobbying by the Zoomers advocacy group CARP, starting next year, a new ”high dose” flu vaccine will be provided specifically aimed at protecting older Ontarians.
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