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Dr. Clare Liddy

“I had images in my mind, particularly from wintertime, of people coming out of the ambulance huddled under multiple blankets,” remembers Dr. Clare Liddy. 

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Demand for elder care set to double in 10 years: new report commissioned by CMA

By 2031, nearly twice as many older adults will require care, according to a report by Deloitte and commissioned by the CMA.

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2018 CMA / Conference Board of Canada report

$12,000

annual cost of health care for the average senior vs. $2,700/person for the rest of the population 
 

2015 Conference Board of Canada report

71%

increase in the number of seniors needing continuing care from 2011 to 2026
 

2017 Canadian Home Care Association report

$25 billion

in unpaid labour provided by caregivers including medical and personal care
 

2018 CMA / Conference Board of Canada report

$93 billion

in additional health care costs over the next 10 years due to aging
 

CMA activity and submissions

2021

March 25, 2021

Canada’s elder care crisis: Addressing the doubling demand

This Deloitte report, commissioned by the CMA, projects demand for long-term care is expected to reach 606,000 patients in 2031, up from 380,000 in 2019, with the annual cost of elder care growing from $29.7 billion per year in 2019 to $58.5 billion per year in 2031.

March 9, 2021

Pandemic Perspectives on Long-Term Care: Insights from Canadians in Light of COVID-19

This report by the National Institute on Ageing, in collaboration with the CMA, gauges the perspectives of more than 2,000 Canadians surveyed on how the second wave of the pandemic has impacted the state of Canada's long-term care (LTC) systems.

January 21, 2021

Learning from the pandemic – Transforming and improving Quebec’s health care system

This submission for the 2021–2022 Quebec government budget outlines CMA recommendations on physician wellness, access to virtual care, the care of older persons and Indigenous peoples, and the health impacts of climate change.
2020

December 15, 2020

Closing the Gaps: Advancing Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Older Adults

This CMA-endorsed paper, developed by the Canadian Red Cross and the National Institute on Ageing at Ryerson University, lays out 29 evidence-informed expert recommendations to mitigate the impact of emergencies and disasters on older adults.

December 7, 2020

National Standards for Long-Term Care: The Art of the Possible

Endorsed by the CMA, the Cdn Nurses Association, the Cdn Society for Long-Term Care Medicine, and the Cdn Support Workers Association, this paper outlines the work to date to create national standards for long-term care (LTC) facilities, and calls on the federal government to focus on using measurable LTC commitments as a condition of increased federal health transfers.

September 29, 2020

CMA submission: Valuing caregivers and recognizing their contribution to Quebec’s health system

In this submission to the National Assembly review of Bill 56, on the role of caregivers in Quebec, the CMA makes several recommendations to support their critical work by expanding tax credits and training for caregivers and improving access to virtual care.

August 7, 2020

CMA pre-budget submission

This submission proposes recommendations to expand public health capacity and primary care access; scaling up virtual care and addressing inequities in access to digital health services; ensuring better care is secured for seniors; and mitigating the risks and financial burdens experienced by physicians and front-line health care workers.

June 1, 2020

Improving Long-term Care for People in Canada

CMA signs joint letter to the minister of health endorsing the Canadian Nurses Association’s recommendations to the federal government for improving long-term care for Canadians.
2019

March 6, 2019

Measures to Better Support Seniors and Their Caregivers

Out-of-pocket medical expenses faced by seniors and their caregivers are rising. This Conference Board report, created for the CMA, presents two options for how the federal government could better support lower/middle income seniors and their caregivers.

2018

July 26, 2018

CMA president Dr. Laurent Marcoux speaks at the United Nations Open-ended Working Group on Ageing

CMA president Dr. Laurent Marcoux speaks about Canada’s experience meeting the needs of its aging population.

July 1, 2018

Meeting the Care Needs of Canada’s Aging Population

A CMA-commissioned Conference Board of Canada report calls for $21.1 billion from the federal government over the next decade to help meet the need for higher health care spending due to Canada’s aging population

March 8, 2018

Meeting the Demographic Challenge: Investments in Seniors Care

The CMA’s pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance proposes that the federal government fund a share of the health care costs associated with Canada’s aging population

March 3, 2018

Health and Health Care for an Aging Population

The CMA recommends actions to support Canada’s aging population including healthy aging promotion, a comprehensive service continuum and an “age-friendly” environment supportive of older Canadians

2017

October 26, 2017

Advancing Inclusion and Quality of Life for Seniors

The CMA recommends ways to improve seniors’ quality of life as part of a study by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

September 21, 2017

CMA submission: Social Equity and Increasing Productivity

The CMA’s 2018 pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee of Finance includes recommendations to improve health care system productivity and effectiveness for Canada’s growing seniors population

March 1, 2017

CMA President Dr. Granger Avery speaks to the Senate Committee on National Finance

CMA President Dr. Granger Avery speaks to the Senate Committee on National Finance about the impact of changing demographics on health spending and CMA-proposed actions

2016

September 1, 2016

The State of Seniors Health Care in Canada

The State of Seniors Health Care in Canada assesses Canadian efforts to provide effective, timely care for seniors, and to identify objectives and set targets for improvement as part of a national strategy

February 17, 2016

CMA President Dr. Cindy Forbes recommends measures to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

CMA President Dr. Cindy Forbes recommends measures to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to address rising health care costs associated with Canada’s aging population, including a new provincial health transfer top-up
2015

September 1, 2015

Federal Policy Action to Support the Health Care Needs of Canada’s Aging Population

A CMA-commissioned Conference Board of Canada study examines the costs associated with implementing three large-scale federal policy changes to better support Canada’s aging population

August 1, 2015

Policy Framework to Guide a National Seniors Strategy for Canada

The CMA publishes a Policy Framework to Guide a National Seniors Strategy for Canada based on consultations with stakeholder groups from across the continuum of care

March 1, 2015

Demand a Plan

CMA launches Demand a Plan campaign, calling on Canadians to lend their voice to support a new system of care for all of Canada’s seniors

2014

August 6, 2014

Improving Seniors Care in an Era of Surplus

The CMA’s 2014-2015 pre-budget consultation submission calls on the federal government to invest strategically in long-term health care sustainability due to Canada’s aging population

Tools & Resources


Resources

Promoting healthy aging

The CMA’s policy on health and health care for an aging population offers recommendations for promoting healthy aging and supporting older Canadians.

Resources

Appropriate prescribing for seniors

Seniors are the fastest-growing segment of Canada’s population and use prescriptions drugs more than any other. This CMA policy offers guidance on appropriate prescribing for older patients.

Related resources


The State of Seniors Health Care in Canada

Our 2016 report on seniors care provides a comprehensive overview of the main challenges that need to be addressed in a national seniors strategy including the lack of home, long-term and palliative care.

Meeting the Care Needs of Canada’s Aging Population

This CMA-commissioned Conference Board of Canada report presents the health care costs attributable to aging and discusses why the Canada Health Transfer is not sufficient to support the additional care needs of an aging population.

Meeting the Demand for Long-Term Care in Canada

Canada will need 199,000 more long-term care beds by 2035, costing $64 billion in capital and $130 billion in operating expenses. These and other projections up to 2035 are available in this 2017 CMA-commissioned Conference Board of Canada report.

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