By Michelle Ferrara
The amalgamated City of Hamilton is ‘the City of Seniors’. 93,000 people are over the age of 65 and Super Seniors at 85 and older are up 55%, with the population of older folks to double over the next 20 years…lots of road between now and then! I am looking at an election with many hot-button topics: LRT, Public Transit and transit costs, opioid crisis, infrastructure deficit, roads maintenance, waterfront, policing and public safety…and on and on. What I am not reading or hearing about are issues directly impacting Seniors.
As of June/18, 2840 people are waitlisted for LTC, and 303 people on the ‘crisis’ list. 30% of working adult children with parents over 65, have full time jobs and 27% of Hamiltonians commute out of our area to work…who is taking care of the elders-especially those with no family or on waiting lists? Specific issues for Seniors include supportive housing, free/low cost transportation, support/training/resources/funds for Caregivers, easy-access to information and programs.
Seniors are a significant population in our City-use your voice to VOTE, ask questions about who is working for your best interests. Adult-children: ask what is being done for significant needs of the elderly and those who are trying to care for them. VOTE!