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This brief and its complementary report were prepared for the Healthy Aging and Wellness Working Group of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial (F/P/T) Committee of Officials (Seniors). The working group would like to thank Peggy Edwards and Aysha Mawani from The Alder Group who researched and drafted the larger report and prepared this brief.
The opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of a particular jurisdiction.
* The government of Quebec contributed to the present document by sharing information and best practices, however, it is not taking part in the joint initiatives mentioned in the document because it assumes full responsibility for activities pertaining to health and social services.
This brief was prepared for the Healthy Aging and Wellness Working Group of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial (F/P/T) Committee of Officials (Seniors) to enable discussion, debate and decisions on how to move forward to promote healthy aging in Canada.
The brief provides a strong new vision for healthy aging in Canada and suggests five key focus areas for action (the what). It provides the rationale and evidence for investing in healthy aging (the why). Lastly, it describes three essential mechanisms for action and suggests some key opportunities for moving ahead (the how).
A longer complementary paper that expands on the concepts and evidence in this brief is also available online. It is written for all people who develop, influence and implement policies and practices that affect the well-being of Canadians aged 65 and over. These include ministers responsible for seniors, other government decision-makers at all levels and in a variety of sectors; the nongovernmental sector (including senior’s groups); service providers in health, recreation, housing and social development; and older Canadians themselves.