New Brunswick is tied for having the oldest population in the country. In a few years, it is projected that most of Canada will be in the same situation – increasing numbers of seniors compared with children, youth, and other adult demographics – that New Brunswick is in now.
The Canadian Medical Association partnered with the New Brunswick Medical Society to plan a Roundtable on Seniors Care, held on September 21-22, 2015.
The partners invited dozens of health advocates, provider organisations, and patient representatives. Discussion topics included defining the scope of the challenge, what provincial organisations can offer for solutions, and the need for a National Seniors Strategy. Doctors invited all three levels of government to be at the table when discussing these issues.
The Seniors Roundtable takes place against the backdrop of a federal election campaign. The Canadian Medical Association has called on all federal politicians to commit to developing a National Seniors Strategy which would help providers and patients find solutions to better care for their needs.