It’s more important than ever to ensure older Albertans and their caregivers have a dedicated and independent advocate protecting their rights and interests.
Federal Retirees volunteers continue to push for the return of an independent and effective seniors advocate for the province of Alberta — and with a provincial election quickly approaching, it’s an issue that’s more relevant than ever.
Older adults and caregivers in Alberta need a non-partisan advocate looking out for their best interests, making sure their needs are being met and ensuring their rights are being respected.
Prairies district director Rick Brick was recently interviewed in the St. Albert Gazette. Brick spoke about the role of an Alberta seniors advocate and how that position’s absence impacts the care of seniors in Alberta.
“They’re at a time in their life when they need that support system,” Brick said of seniors. “One of the things that you would expect a seniors advocate to do — and indeed what they are doing in B.C. and Newfoundland and Labrador — is to work with government to figure out how we … really start to provide a meaningful service for those people who are in fact, so vulnerable.”
Seniors currently number more than 665,000 in Alberta. That number is expected to double in the next two decades as seniors are the fastest-growing age cohort in the province. The need for an independent, dedicated advocate to protect the rights and interests of older adults and their caregivers has never been greater.
Now more than ever, older adults and caregivers in Alberta need a non-partisan advocate looking out for their best interests, making sure their needs are being met, and ensuring their rights are being respected.
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