Canada gets top ranking in worldwide ranking in seniors’ well-being
Canadians celebrated National Seniors Day on October 1 to show their appreciation and to honour the seniors who have made a difference in their lives and in their communities.
Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, along with representatives from HelpAge, visited the Good Companions Seniors’ Centre to release the Global Age Watch Index 2014 report and announce Canada’s worldwide standing in the measure of seniors’ well-being.
HelpAge created the Global AgeWatch Index to monitor the economic and social well-being of older adults worldwide and give governments a benchmark by which to help measure the success of their efforts for seniors. This year, Canada’s ranking has increased from 5th to 4th out of the 96 countries measured.
As the Canadian seniors population continues to grow, the country remains committed to improving the well-being and quality of life of older Canadians through tax relief, improved services and by increasing available information and resources.
Canada supports seniors by providing assistance in areas needed most including: introducing pension income splitting, increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement, investing in the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers and increasing funding to community-based projects for seniors.
Canada has also taken steps to protect its most vulnerable seniors from elder abuse and financial abuse. The Action for Seniors Report is a comprehensive information resource highlighting federal programs and services that can be accessed by seniors, their families and caregivers.
“National Seniors Day is a time for Canadians all across the country to stop and pay tribute to the special seniors in their lives,” said Wong. “So many seniors, including grandparents, parents, other family and friends, play such an important role in the lives of Canadians every day. I encourage everyone to reach out to a senior who has made a difference in their life and let them know how special they are to you. We will continue to ensure that Canada’s seniors continue to receive the support they need and deserve.”
“Ageing is quickly changing our world” said Jacques Bertrand, Executive Director, HelpAge Canada. “There is no doubt that in many ways our seniors fare better than elsewhere.”
Posted: Dec 3, 2014