Seniors’ care first. Bickering later. The long term care crisis subject of a Zoom call on Friday

By Pepper Parr

February 2nd, 2023



The Baby Boomers – They are the generation that changed everything as they went from babies to teenagers to parent to grandparents and now as people that need care in their waning years.

The Baby Boomers have always been noisy, they forced change and they now want better service from the governments that taxed them.

A community based Long Term Care Coalition has said it has to be: Seniors’ care first. Bickering later.

We were told in 1996 how big the problem was going to be – 30 years later governments are not yet ready.

In 1996  Boom Bust and Echo became a national phenomenon that demonstrated the power of demographics to help us understand the past and forecast the future. The book was on the Canadian best-seller lists for over 3 years and sold more than 300,000 copies. Boom, Bust & Echo revealed Canada’s demographic profile at the beginning of the 21st century, as a new population shift had profound implications for our economic and social life.

People want a comprehensive seniors’ care plan, using the law to combine principles and enforceable standards into health care funding.

This call is going to be the subject of a ZOOM call on Friday, February 3, 2023, 9:30am ET

Zoom link:

Seniors’ having dinner at a Waterloo area long term care home.

Mike Perry, co-founder, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes Long-Term Care Coalition will be joined by Dr. Amit Arya, a Palliative Care Physician working in long-term care.  Laura Bulmer, RN, Chair, Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educators: CACCE and founder – HSPAOntario:

WAith them will be Dr. Joseph Wong, Founder of Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care; Yee Hong annually serves more than 15,000 individuals across the Greater Toronto Area. It is the largest non-profit nursing home in the country, providing a full continuum of community care and supportive housing services.

This group is calling for a true national plan for seniors’ care, with transparent, measurable and mandatory conditions that are enforceable, securing improved services in long-term, home and palliative care. With a new wealth of front-line staffing in decent working conditions, the Health Care Transfer can be the core foundation of healthcare across the nation.


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1 comment to Seniors’ care first. Bickering later. The long term care crisis subject of a Zoom call on Friday

  • Grahame Richards

    I thought that the Gazette closed!What gives?

    Editor’s note:
    The comments made by readers of the Gazette were appreciated. I made the decision to cease publishing very early – at around 3 in the morning, when I had to come to the conclusion that I just did not have the financial resources that were needed to continue. A number of people congratulated me on “my retirement.” This was not a retirement.

    The runway had come to an end – continuing with the financial resources available was no longer possible. Readership grew almost every month.

    Since the announcement, a number of people have asked: How can we help ? So there will be conversations in the days ahead. I am required to keep the newspaper “in print” for a number of days; so whatever I was doing in the past I will be doing for a little longer.