The pandemic has taught us lessons that will forever change the way we think of health care and live in our community. We have awakened to the importance of a stronger, well-resourced health care system that is responsive, inclusive and informed. We need competent, respected health programs in place that radically change the way we understand healthy aging, and start listening to seniors about what they need and want. Long-term care facilities should not be a default service provider but a last resort for those who cannot live independently.
Bay ward has the second highest population of seniors in Canada. The provincial election campaign gives us an opportunity to ask candidates how they plan to improve health options for aging residents in our communities.
It is imperative that we look at how we can create and sustain better living environments for our seniors moving forward. Please visit the Ottawa Citizen to read my recent op-ed piece where I speak about the Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) model.