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CMA salutes provinces, territories for their emphasis on seniors' care

After praising provincial and territorial health ministers for the emphasis they are now placing on providing care to the growing ranks of Canadian seniors, the CMA has called on the federal government to do the same.

A statement issued by the ministers following their Oct. 3 meeting in Toronto said they had discussed the need for a better continuum of care to support seniors "aging at home and in the community, as well as the need to ensure seniors have high-quality supports to avoid hospitalization." The need for high quality care for seniors experiencing dementia was also discussed.

"We salute the direction they're taking," said CMA President Louis Hugo Francescutti. "Now it is time for the federal government to step up to the plate and work with other levels of government to implement a pan-Canadian seniors' strategy for seniors' health care - this is what Canadians want them to do."

He noted that a July poll conducted for the CMA found that 85% of Canadians agree it is time to develop a comprehensive strategy for the long-term care of seniors because of the demographic revolution represented by the baby-boom generation.

Deb Matthews, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, appears to share that view. "As our populations age and demands on health care resources grow, it is all the more critical that we come together to share our successes and plan for the future," said Matthews, who chaired the ministers' meeting.

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