A senior sits on a bench.
It has been estimated that 30 per cent of Canadians will be seniors by the year 2031. Consequently, service resources and health care personnel are going to be in high demand to care for our elder population. What should be concerning to the public is the already overworked and underfunded elder care programs in Canada. What kind of care are we going to look forward to when we are in old age?With old age comes reduced social interactional ability and therefore the increasing chances of abuse and neglect to our elders. Who is going to seek justice for our elders when they have been mistreated? How do we know that elder abuse is not occurring on a greater scale than child abuse when it goes unreported due to our lack of resources?These questions lead me to believe there is a need for a “Seniors’ Aid Society,” similar to the “Children’s Aid Society,” in an effort to attain better care and oversight for our expanding vulnerable population. This program could investigate the standard of care within our health care services that are directed towards elders. This includes investigating gerontological concerns, including forms of abuse, prejudice, and discrimination based on age. After all, we all deserve to wind down our lives with peace and respect.Spencer Oncea, WindsorShare Your ViewsSend letters to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Don’t send them as attachments; put them in the body of the emails.) Letters must include your full name, address and phone number. (We will only publish your name and the municipality where you live.) Letters must be fewer than 300 words. The Star reserves the right to edit, condense and reject letters.