The NWT Seniors’ Society met with MLAs last Friday presenting some ideas and concerns pertaining to the growing senior population.
In a few years for the first time, people over the age of 65 will be Canada’s largest demographic, and executive director of the Seniors’ Society Barb Hood says the NWT is not equipped to handle that.
“If we do nothing over the next ten years, we have that many more older adults who’ve progressed through a system that isn’t meeting their needs already. So you wind up at 70 with still struggling trying to find home-care and home supports at a community level where they dont exist, and it’s going to get worse because the services aren’t keeping up,” explained Hood.
She and some of the MLAs stressed that home care is one of the things that needs most improvement for seniors.
The upcoming disability action plan is expected to address many issues pertaining to the elderly.