Baby boomers call for national seniors care strategy
Nearly all Canadian baby boomers are calling for a pan-Canadian seniors care strategy to address their specific health-care needs, according to a report from the Canadian Medical Association.
In the CMA's 2014 National Report Card on health issues, 95 per cent of Canadians aged 45 years and over identified the need for a national strategy for seniors care.
The report also found that 81 per cent of these Canadians are concerned with the quality of health care they can expect in the future. As well, 78 per cent are concerned about their ability to afford quality home and long-term care during their retirement
CMA President Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti said the concern over the future of seniors care may stem from the high percentage of baby boomers that are currently caring for an elderly family member.
According to the CMA report, about 26 per cent of baby boomers are currently providing care for an elderly relative, which may be giving them a first-hand look at the state of seniors health services and facilities, he said.
"What they're finding is that the system is not rally designed to take care of seniors," Francescutti told CTV's Canada AM on Monday. "So as the population ages, they're concerned that they personally won't have access to the kind of care that they've come to expect."
The report was based off the results of an Ipsos-Reid poll that also found the following:
- 76 per cent of poll respondents who haven't yet retired are concerned about affording health-care services that aren't covered by insurance
- Among the Canadians providing care to an elderly relative, 64 per cent said reported experiencing a high level of stress because of it