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Canadian News for Seniors

At the Long Term and Continuing Care Association of Manitoba (LTCAM), we are committed to keeping the seniors of Manitoba informed and empowered. That's why we regularly post Canadian federal press releases that directly impact the well-being and care of our senior community. By sharing these updates, we aim to provide valuable information on policies, programs, and initiatives that may affect the lives of seniors in our province. Staying up-to-date with federal announcements helps us advocate for better support and resources for our elderly population. We believe that informed seniors and caregivers make for a stronger and more resilient community, and our dedication to sharing relevant press releases reflects our mission to ensure the best possible care and quality of life for Manitoba's seniors.

Interim guidance on the use of Imvamune® in the context of a routine immunization
program

May 24, 2024

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued interim guidance on using Imvamune®

for routine immunization against mpox. The guidance emphasizes that while mpox cases

have decreased, the virus remains a public health concern with potential future

resurgences. Imvamune®, a non-replicating vaccine, is recommended particularly for

high-risk groups, including men who have sex with men, sex workers, and others likely

to be exposed to mpox. Recommendations also cover vaccine co-administration with

other vaccines and outline vaccine eligibility based on ongoing risk assessments.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/vaccinesimmunization/

national-advisory-committee-immunization-interim-guidance-imvamuneroutine-

immunization-program.html

1 million seniors can now access services under the Canadian Dental Care Plan

May 1, 2024

May 1, 2024, one million seniors in Canada can now access dental services under the

newly launched Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP), provided they applied successfully

and received a May start date. Eligible seniors 65 and older can apply through a userfriendly

online platform, facilitating easy access to a wide network of over 6,500 oral

health providers. This rollout is part of a broader effort by Health Canada to make dental

care more accessible and affordable, especially targeting those without existing coverage,

and it's backed by a significant $13 billion investment over five years.

The Framework on Palliative Care in Canada—Five Years Later: A Report on the State of
Palliative Care in Canada

April 17, 2024

The "Framework for Palliative Care in Canada" aims to improve palliative care services through

several medium-term goals. These goals include increasing awareness and uptake of palliative

care, enhancing training for care providers, and ensuring equitable access to palliative services

across various demographics. Notable strides have been made in education and training, with

significant investments from Health Canada and other partners to boost the workforce's

competence in delivering palliative care. The initiatives have included creating competency

frameworks and supporting ongoing professional development to strengthen the care provided to

patients and families.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/publications/healthsystem-

services/framework-palliative-care-five-years-later.html#a4

Message from the Minister of Health, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health and Minister of Sport and Physical Activity on World Health Day 2024

April 7, 2024

On World Health Day 2024, Canadian health ministers emphasize the right to health and equal access to healthcare services. This year's theme, "My health, my right," highlights efforts to ensure accessible and respectful healthcare without discrimination. Canada is working on various initiatives, including supporting international health equity, improving public health systems, combating climate impacts on health, and more. Domestically, significant investments are being made to strengthen the health workforce, enhance mental health services, and modernize the healthcare system, including the introduction of national universal pharmacare and the Canadian Dental Care Plan.

Preventing and Responding to the Mistreatment of Older Adults

December 2023

The report titled "Preventing and Responding to the Mistreatment of Older Adults: Gaps and

Challenges Exposed During the Pandemic" focuses on the issues and obstacles faced in

addressing the mistreatment of older adults, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It

underscores that social isolation, increased dependency, and systemic failures in elder care

heightened the risk and occurrence of abuse. The document calls for enhanced awareness, better

training for professionals, and more robust support systems to prevent and respond to such

mistreatment. Additionally, it emphasizes the need for community-based responses and greater

integration of services to tackle these challenges effectively.

https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/esdcedsc/

documents/corporate/seniors/forum/reports/covid19-mistreatment-seniors/MOA-rpt-

20230411-PDF-EN.pdf

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