Aug
1
2017

Islanders wanted to help plan future of seniors health care

Olive Bryanton is one Island senior who is helping the province craft a comprehensive strategy for meeting the health needs of older Islanders.

A Seniors Health and Wellness Strategy is being developed to improve care for seniors today and meet the health needs of Islanders in the future. Bryanton is a member of a public advisory network that will share its knowledge and experiences with the Island’s health care system – to get involved, Islanders can apply throughout the month of August at any Access PEI  or online at Seniors Health and Wellness Strategy.

“Inviting seniors and near seniors to participate in the development of this health and wellness strategy recognizes and builds upon their experience and capabilities,” she said. “This combination of lived experience and the perspective of professionals and those working in the field is inclusive, educational and fosters sustainability.”

The advisory network will give a voice to Island seniors, near seniors and informal caregivers in the development of this important strategy.

Health care workers, health administrators, researchers, policy makers, and physicians are among the team of individuals coming together that will develop the strategy with the help of the public advisory network.

“This strategy will provide clear direction on how to make Prince Edward Island a place where seniors can remain active and engaged and lead healthy, independent, and productive lives,” Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson said. “It will recognize the diversity of our seniors, the reality of current challenges they face, and the requirements for additional supports.

“By taking action now, we will ensure that the Island’s current and future seniors can get the quality health care they need, where and when they need it.”

The Seniors Health and Wellness Strategy will identify a set of short term (three to five years) and long-term (five to 10 years) goals and strategies that will aid the work of government and non-governmental organizations in moving forward in developing services and supports for Island seniors. The strategy is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018.

Backgrounder

Seniors Health and Wellness Strategy – call for public advisory network participants

The Department of Health and Wellness is looking for public participants to take part in an advisory network to assist in the development of a Seniors Health and Wellness Strategy for Prince Edward Island. The network will give a voice to Island seniors, near seniors, and informal caregivers in the development of this important strategy.

Participants should be:

• a senior, near senior, or caregiver to a senior;

• a resident of Prince Edward Island; and

• willing to participate in meetings once or twice a month from September through December 2017 – including full-day symposiums on September 14 and December 14.

Individuals from across the province with diverse backgrounds and experiences are welcome. Although these are not paid positions, mileage will be reimbursed for attending meetings.

Those interested in being part of the advisory network can pick up an application at any Access PEI location across the province, or apply online at Seniors Health and Wellness Strategy. Applications will be excepted until August 31, 2017.

For more information, visit Seniors Health and Wellness Strategy or call 902-368-6698.

Media contact:
Autumn Tremere
Health and Wellness
agtremere@gov.pe.ca
902-368-5610

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