Key Points

In order to strengthen the “one voice” of Alberta Council on Aging, the Board of Directors recently voted on accepting the following as guidelines for discussion.


  • seniors desire to reside in a place appropriate to their circumstances
  • living environments such as outdoor spaces and buildings must support seniors to maintain themselves in the community


  • seniors need to have adequate financial resources to meet their needs
  • current supports for seniors are often based on a means tests which looks at income but fails to consider other expenses that may be incurred
  • recommendation that needs testing be used to compliment current means tests and be related to individual needs

Continuing Care

  • continuing care services for Albertans often impose significant costs for seniors
  • support efforts to make continuing care services clearly and consistently defined
  • affordable for all seniors


  • recommendation the provincial government undertake a review as to how transportation for seniors can be improved
  • seniors require equal access to services wherever they live


  • equal access to emergency care, surgeries, hospitalization and treatment such as rehabilitation and medications
  • seamless delivery of publicly funded and delivered programs and services
  • clear standards and eligibility for programs and services
  • expanded legislation for Protection for Persons in Care

Elder Abuse

  • envision a world free of abuse
  • work toward this aim through developing community partnerships 
  • make appropriate referrals for reporting and receiving help
  • influence legislations which protect older persons
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