A look at the 2021 Federal and British Columbia Budgets

Brett Book, CanAge Policy Advisor recently wrote an article for the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, examining the recently announced Federal and British Columbia budgets. Brett is a graduated Doctor of Law and has helped CanAge in the last year advocate for seniors’ rights. Excerpt on the 2021 Federal Budget “The government has made some […]

‘We’re really discarded’ – an 83-year-old on taxes and discrimination against singles

So far, her campaign has generated a few radio interviews and this column, plus some moral support from a seniors advocacy group called CanAge. “When you look at some of the privileges that spouses have for each other, it does have a negative impact if you’re a solo person,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, president and […]

They were sicker and more vulnerable. So why did long-term-care patients see fewer doctors during COVID’s first wave?

“When you look at a report like this you see so starkly how we have left older Canadians to die,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, president and CEO of CanAge, a national seniors advocacy group. “We left them by not providing basic care in some cases in long-term care and then when they got sick, by […]

‘They are imprisoned’: Advocates call on Ontario to ease COVID-19 restrictions in LTC homes

Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national seniors advocacy organization, pointed out the situation is “not cut and dried.” “Vaccine hesitancy amongst care workers is profound … 20 to 60 per cent we are starting to see in terms of vaccine hesitancy. Still there needs to be a point where this isolation ends and […]

PM Trudeau’s pandemic promises: What was kept, what was broken?

In May 12, 2020, Seniors were told they were getting a direct injection of cash to help with immediate pandemic needs. Those entitled to the Old Age Security pension would receive a $300 payment, and $200 if eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement. The total cost of the program is estimated to be $2.5 billion. […]

How Cognitive Tests Strip Seniors of Their Rights

Laura Tamblyn Watts, president and CEO of the seniors’ advocacy group CanAge, says that capacity should be thought of as more like a dial: “People are more and less capable of doing some things and not others.” As she explains, many of us experience some level of uncertainty in our day-to-day lives; we all get […]

Ontario places yearly influenza vaccine order, expects growing interest amid pandemic

Seniors’ advocates have concerns that people’s drive to get vaccinated will lead to a shortage, similar to what Ontario experienced last fall. “Unless we have government paying attention to this ordering now, we are going to be right back in another epidemic likely in the fall,” said Laura Tamblyn-Watts, who represents CanAge, a nationally recognized […]

Vaccinated care home resident, husband await ‘light at the end of the tunnel’

CanAge, a national seniors advocacy organization, said it’s time the Ontario government created a clear framework with timelines and vaccination levels that spells out which activities will be available to long-term care residents. locked away from their loved ones,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, the CEO of CanAge. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/long-term-care-vaccination-ottawa-regulations-1.5947303

CBC News: Vaccine rollout causes concerns for seniors

Seniors are incredibly confused. They don’t know who qualifies and how. It’s incredibly frustrating, according to Laura Tamblyn Watts, CanAge CEO. https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1873324099884

Daughter pulled mother from Winnipeg care home, but a year later a difficult decision looms

It’s been encouraging to see people taking their family members’ well-being into their own hands during the pandemic, says Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national seniors advocacy group. “It really speaks to how closely people feel connected to many of [the] older adults in their lives. As we move forward, we want to […]

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