On October 9, 2018, CARP launched its new national seniors policy platform, The FACES of Canada’s Seniors: Making Canada the Best Place to Age. In anticipation of next year's federal election, the platform will form the basis of CARP’s year-long advocacy campaign in which it will be calling for a National Seniors Strategy and encouraging the government and all political parties to commit to improvements in five key areas: financial security; elder abuse prevention; caregiving and housing supports; health care; and social inclusion.
CARP is a national, non-partisan association that advocates for older Canadians. Its mission is to advocate for better healthcare, financial security, and freedom from ageism. Formerly the Canadian Association for Retired Persons, today CARP has more than 300,000 members aged 50+ who play an active role in developing its advocacy agenda. They engage in polls and petitions, email their elected representatives, connect with local chapters and share stories and opinions on urgent issues.
The Dementia Justice Society of Canada supports CARP’s call to action and its recommendations. In particular, Dementia Justice echos CARP's call for a fully-funded National Dementia Strategy. While progress is being made, Canada remains one of the only G7 countries without a national dementia strategy.
As part of its call for a fully-funded National Dementia Strategy, CARP urges the federal government to:
Dementia Justice agrees with these recommendations, and we ask that these same supports carry on into the criminal justice system.
Additionally, we support CARP's recommendation to make seniors housing a priority, specifically the call for "senior-specific transitional and permanent housing solutions for newly homeless seniors whose needs are not adequately met by shelters that serve the general population." We also ask that housing considerations for seniors specifically include the challenges facing people with dementia recently released from jail who require additional support in the community. More information about our research on this population can be found on our Housing Vulnerability webpage, which includes the backgrounder for our project, which is funded by The Law Foundation of B.C.'s Legal Research Fund.
Dementia Justice applauds CARP for releasing its new seniors policy platform, and we look forward to working together with CARP and all stakeholders to make Canada the best place to age.
CARP, The FACES of Canada’s Seniors: Making Canada the Best Place to Age (October 2018)
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Nowhere to Live: Housing Vulnerability of Criminal Defendants with Dementia
Dementia Justice is conducting a one-year research project that focuses on the housing vulnerability of criminal defendants with dementia. Specifically, it examines the existing legal and policy framework in British Columbia that can make it difficult for this population to maintain or secure appropriate living arrangements following a criminal charge. The project is funded by The Law Foundation of B.C.'s Legal Research Fund.
Dementia Justice is monitoring national and sub-national dementia strategies in Canada and across the globe to track whether they address the plight of criminal defendants with dementia.