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CBC North

N.W.T. needs to do better job of delivering non-COVID-19 vaccines to seniors: Report

Tamblyn Watts said it would also help if the territory made the adult vaccination schedule public.
She said just like for children, there is a vaccination schedule for adults that shows which vaccines seniors need to be taking and when they're going to take them. "So that's just an easy fix that they could fix right away," she said.

Brantford Today

CanAge report on vaccinating seniors gives Canada a failing grade

Laura Tamblyn Watts is the CEO of CanAge and said current levels of vaccine adoption in our nation’s seniors outside of COVID-19 is “nowhere near” where it needs to be to keep seniors safe. Speaking to national statistics, Tamblyn Watts said we should have anywhere between 80 to 90 per cent of seniors vaccinated for illnesses like influenza, pneumonia and shingles. Right now, that percentage sits around ten per cent.

CTV Morning Live

Canada receives failing grade on vaccinating seniors

"We knew it would be bad, but we didn't expect it to be this bad," Laura Tamblyn Watts, CanAge CEO said.

Energy 95.3 radio

A new report by CanAge is highlighting the long-standing barriers in adult vaccinations across Canada. Brittany Rosen explains.

"We knew it would be bad, but we didn't expect it to be this bad," Laura Tamblyn Watts, CanAge CEO said.

Global News

‘A dire warning’: New report highlights existing barriers in COVID-19 vaccine distribution

“We expected the results to be poor,” said CanAge CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts. “Even we didn’t think it would be as bad as it is.”

Queen's Park

Gélinas presents bill to protect vulnerable adults from abuse and neglect

CanAge CEO and elder law expert Laura Tamblyn Watts, supports the bill. "We can no longer turn a blind eye to abuse,” said Tamblyn Watts. “CanAge supports this Act and applauds its call for a duty to report, established response times. Protecting regulated health professionals with safe harbour from liability is also key, and barriers to abused older adults getting the assistance they need.”

Global News

New CanAge report highlights vaccine distribution issues

“We expected the results to be poor,” said CanAge CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts. “Even we didn’t think it would be as bad as it is.”

VOCM Local News Now

Seniors’ Advocacy Group Hopes National Report Serves as Urgent Wake-Up Call for Government

CanAge CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts hopes the report serves as an urgent wake-up call to the provincial government. Tamblyn Watts says 82 per cent of seniors don’t live in nursing homes, and they don’t have the influenza protection that they need.

Kitchener Today

CanAge report on vaccinating seniors gives Canada a failing grade, raises health and safety concerns

"We do not prioritize seniors for adult vaccinations the way we do with children, yet seniors are by nature immune supressed and immune compromised.” Said Tamblyn Watts. “We have very specifically formulated vaccines for things like pneumonia, shingles and influenza, but we don’t fund it the way we need to – and where we do fund it, it can be hard to get a hold of.”

AM 800 Radio

Canada scores failing grade on vaccinating seniors

"Provinces make their own decisions about what to fund, and that has been more of a priority in Ontario than it has been in Prince Edward Island. So when a jurisdiction turns its mind to adult vaccinations, usually it is horrified and wants to do better," said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge.

Global News

Albertans 75 and older can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting 8 a.m. Wednesday

Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge — an advocacy organization for older Canadians — said some older seniors may not be as comfortable with an online portal or have accessibility issues. “Rural people and folks who are older may find themselves unable to get into (the) online system. We know that where older people are struggling and where internet is slow, online portals have real limitations to them,” she said.

The Evan Solomon Show

CanAge assigns provinces and territories a failing grade for vaccinations for older adults

59 minute mark: "We have fundamentally failed Canadian seniors and have been for decades," says Laura Tamblyn Watts, CanAge CEO. "Seniors aren't getting even the basic vaccinations they need. We are shockingly behind where we need to be."

The Evan Solomon Show (59 minute mark)

LISTEN: A new report by CanAge shows only 10% of Canadian seniors have all of their vaccinations

"We have fundamentally failed Canadian seniors and have been failing them for decades," according to Laura Tamblyn Watts, CanAge CEO.

CTV News

Quebec inquiry into LTC deaths adjourned

"Whether or not families will get the answers they need is still to be seen," said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge. "We know that the solutions are not that hard. More staff, better and smaller buildings, and more money going in to long-term care."

The Toronto Star

Nursing home residents sick with COVID kept out of hospital far more than seniors in community. Inside the documents, data and attitudes that explain why

“Your rights are not tethered to where you live. Your rights are based on whether you are a citizen,” Tamblyn Watts said. “What we saw was an atrocious example of ageism and an atrocious example of how people seem to lose personhood and human rights just by living in long-term care.”

Global News

Maples Care Home report shows ‘blame at every level’: advocate

“It painted a picture of organizational chaos, of a disaster in infection prevention and control and ultimately of loss of life,” Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national seniors’ advocacy group, told Global News. “We saw infection prevention and control failures, we saw a lack of staff backup for core roles such as scheduling,” Tamblyn Watts said. “The whole thing became a house of cards and there is blame at every level.”

CBC Manitoba

How the Maples outbreak became Manitoba's deadliest — and what experts say needs to change

"What this report laid bare is that [even] a home which did fairly well pre-pandemic is held together, in many cases, by string," said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national seniors' advocacy group.

The Globe & Mail

Reports of elder abuse soar outside of long-term care in Ontario

“It is a catastrophe of elder abuse right now,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, chief executive officer of CanAge, a national seniors’ advocacy organization. “It is a crisis state.”

CTV News

Simcoe Muskoka reports 19 COVID-19 variant cases and 126 possible cases

The brutal outbreak at Roberta Place in Barrie is linked to at least eight cases of the highly contagious COVID-19 variant, which CanAge president and CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts says is "especially concerning."
"As long as we have vulnerable people in congregate settings, we have increased risk," Tamblyn Watts adds.

CTV News Winnipeg

Safety concerns mounting for tenants of 55+ Manitoba Housing complex

Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, Canada’s national seniors’ advocacy organization, said older adults are at increased risk of abuse and neglect. “Older people are often the prey of people who have other challenges,” said Tamblyn Watts. “So while it may be a real social challenge of drug use or addictions or poverty, older people are often the focus point as a more vulnerable link.”

Global News Radio The Morning Show

Financial abuse of seniors during COVID-19

"Seniors cannot win. They are being inundated by a whole spectrum of abuse," according to CanAge CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts.

The Globe & Mail

‘Skyrocketing’ level of elder financial abuse rising further during COVID-19

One in five seniors will experience the abuse in which family members, caregivers or so-called friends take advantage of an elderly person’s finances, says Laura Tamblyn Watts, president and chief executive officer of CanAge, a national seniors’ advocacy group, who also teaches a course on law and aging at the University of Toronto. If online and phone phishing scams perpetrated by strangers are included, the number is even higher.

Ottawa at Work with Leslie Roberts

First wave of COVID and deaths in long-term care

51:23 mark: "Our population is aging rapidly and we have people who are more frail. We want to make sure that the homes for people who truly need them are as welcoming, safe, and as high-quality as possible,: says Laura Tamblyn Watts.

CTV News

Humanitarian crisis in long-term care

"We need every voice at the table raised right now. We are in an emergency and are extremely afraid of a third wave with this UK variant," says Laura Tamblyn Watts, CanAge CEO.

CBC News

2nd doses of Moderna vaccine headed to Windsor-Essex LTC homes as province changes Pfizer plan

"Ontario was very conservative with following the Pfizer recommendations to the letter and keeping the Pfizer vaccine in a minus 70 containment space which made transport to long-term care very difficult," said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national advocacy group for seniors. "Since then however, we have seen excellent evidence that it can be transported and that even one dose can be protective, so it seems that the evidence is allowing us to get the first shots into the arms of people sooner and that the Pfizer vaccine can go to long-term care."

City News

COVID-19 deaths in long-term care reveal need for home supports: advocates

Home care is the least expensive option for the government and the most preferred option for seniors, said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of national seniors advocacy group CanAge. Keeping someone in their home costs far less for government than funding a brick-and-mortar facility with full-time staff, Tamblyn Watts said.

The Toronto Star

Speeding up Ontario’s vaccine rollout could save the lives of more than 100 residents in long-term care, Doug Ford’s science panel says

Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national seniors’ advocacy organization, said Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is “costing lives every day.” By not focusing on our most vulnerable seniors in long-term-care, we are losing parents, loved ones, and mentors every day,” she said. She added that the province must begin a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week vaccination campaign for long-term care residents and then vulnerable seniors in the community.

Global News

Seniors living independently feel ‘forgotten’ as others prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines

"They’re feeling abandoned, they’re feeling isolated, and we are being told very clearly what a high risk they are, and yet we are not being told clearly when that risk will be reduced," says CanAge CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts.

CTV News Barrie

One-on-One with Laura Tamblyn Watts

"The recipe is fairly clear. We do need mass hirings of staff like Quebec did, where they hired 10,000 support workers in the summer, and had more than half of them available by September," insists Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, the national seniors' advocacy organization.

Global News

Seniors living independently feel ‘forgotten’ as others prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines

“They’re feeling abandoned, they’re feeling isolated, and we are being told very clearly what a high risk they are, and yet we are not being told clearly when that risk will be reduced," according to CanAge CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts.

CTV News

Care home staff struggle to isolate dementia patients during COVID-19 outbreaks, experts say

“It's a significant problem in the time of COVID-19 and long-term care,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national seniors advocacy group. “It's also quite inhumane to be locking people up in their rooms. Older people with dementia in long-term care are not prisoners,” she added. “The good news is there are some things we can do to help support infection prevention and control while at the same time not isolating seniors exclusively in their rooms.”

The Toronto Star

Nine dead, more than 100 infected in ‘rapid’ COVID-19 outbreak at Barrie LTC home

Seniors advocate Laura Tamblyn Watts said the outbreak shows that Ontario didn’t make enough changes in the operation of long-term-care homes after the first wave of COVID-19 last spring. “We learned lessons, but most of them weren’t used,” said Watts, CEO of the advocacy group CanAge. Watts believes there were three key steps the provincial government should have taken.

The Toronto Star

Exhausted and at her limit, she put her mother in long-term care. She — and others — now regret making that decision

To a large extent, that has to do with poor planning and ageism, says Laura Tamblyn Watts, president and CEO of CanAge, a national seniors advocacy organization. “Canada has been unique in the OECD for not having a plan for aging and that’s not unique in a good way,” she says, referring to the 37-nation Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The Globe & Mail

LTC staff struggling to isolate dementia patients during COVID-19 outbreaks, experts say

“It’s a significant problem in the time of COVID-19 and long-term care,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national seniors advocacy group. “It’s also quite inhumane to be locking people up in their rooms. Older people with dementia in long-term care are not prisoners,” she added. “The good news is there are some things we can do to help support infection prevention and control while at the same time not isolating seniors exclusively in their rooms.”

The Toronto Star

‘It’s the seniors who suffer.’ 73 residents have died at Tendercare. Grieving families ask: Where’s the accountability?

The lack of accountability is an age-old practice in long-term care, said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national seniors’ advocacy group. “What we have seen here is a continuation of what we’ve seen for decades, which is finger pointing at someone else,” Tamblyn Watts said.

CTV News

Front-line doctor describes COVID-19 vaccination effort in Toronto long-term care homes

"We know that if it’s not ramped up rapidly, more people are going to die, everyday,” said CanAge CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts, a national advocacy group for seniors.

CTV News

Ontario care home outbreaks hit record high

"What we are seeing is an expansion of the virus, an increase in vulnerability, no real improvements in staffing, and the vaccine not getting into the arms of those who need it most."

CTV News

Health experts urging quicker vaccine rollout as COVID-19 cases surge, doses sit in freezers

“This is a vaccine problem, not really a logistics problems,” said Tamblyn Watts. “We have existing systems to put vaccine into people … Get public health involved, get doctors involved, get pharmacists involved. Don’t keep it so off to the side that people can’t get vaccinated.”

Canadian Parliamentary Access Channel

Green Party Holds Townhall Discussion about Long-Term Care

Green Party of Canada leader Annamie Paul, and Green MP Paul Manly (Nanaimo–Ladysmith, B.C.) take part in a virtual townhall discussion about the situation in long-term care facilities across Canada amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They are joined by various long-term care experts, including Laura Tamblyn Watts of CanAge. The participants also answer questions from reporters following the town hall.

Global News Radio

One-third of Ontario's long-term care homes have COVID-19 outbreaks

Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, joins Arlene Bynon to talk about why long-term care homes are in such a dire state and what needs to be done.

Global News

Critics call on Ontario government to reform long-term care

"That is the result of either a lack of prioritization or a lack of understanding, and it's hard to imagine how it could possibly be a lack of understanding," stated Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge.

The Toronto Star

These numbers reveal a worrying trend in Ontario long-term-care home deaths

“It’s not that we don’t know what needs to be done. And it’s not that we didn’t learn more about what works (and) what doesn’t work,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of seniors’ advocacy group CanAge. “The challenge has been the lag time in implementing those needed changes in Ontario — that has been fundamentally the problem.”

The Toronto Star

Our wishes for 2021: From the thrill of a crowd, to new respect, to speedy vaccine access for all

“My hope for 2021 is that this pandemic accomplishes the unprecedented: an end to ageism and the beginning of valuing seniors as equal citizens, deserving of dignity, respect and care. May 2021 be the year we finally transform long-term care to enrich and sustain both the body and the soul. It’s possible. We just have to do it.”

CTV News

COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Homes

"We need to move more quickly to get vaccines into long-term care. And rapid testing for anyone who works, lives, or visits in long-term care," says Laura Tamblyn Watts.

The Rob Snow Show

Ontario's vaccine rollout took a few days off over the Holidays, generating some reaction online.

CanAge CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts joins Rob to talk about the tragedy unfolding in at Scarborough's Tendercare seniors residence.

The Toronto Star

‘We’ve made them more vulnerable:’ They’re not seniors, but these overlooked residents of Ontario nursing homes have also been hit hard by COVID-19

“Because of lack of supports and attendant care services, in some cases persons with disabilities who would prefer to live in the community currently have to live in long-term-care homes,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of national seniors’ advocacy group, CanAge.

The Globe & Mail

Urgent plea for doctors goes out at Toronto-area nursing home hit by COVID-19

Laura Tamblyn Watts, chief executive officer of CanAge, a national seniors’ advocacy organization, said a broader system is needed for helping homes beyond the local hospital to prevent massive outbreaks, including a rapid-response team that can go in immediately. “This sector has been abandoned by the government," Ms. Tamblyn Watts said.

CFRA Radio Ottawa

New vaccine a "game changer"

CanAge CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts tells Kristy Cameron that today's approval of the Moderna vaccine is a "game changer" for long-term care residents.

Global News

How COVID-19 has changed the way families think about long-term care in Ontario

Tamblyn Watts said it’s important to limit general visits into nursing homes to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, but that essential family caregivers should be allowed into facilities and provided with the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), training and support.

The Philanthropist

Long-term care and second-wave isolation

With the second wave in full swing and winter on its way, seniors, especially those in long-term care (LTC), face a “retreat into isolation,” according to a recent article in Maclean’s. Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, fears for their well-being.

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