Have you heard of the Silver Tsunami?

National-health-care-strategy-needed-for-silver-tsunamiMost people are aware of Canada’s changing demographics, but few understand just how drastically things really are changing.

The looming demographic change that we face in the Silver Tsunami means more people leaving workforce than are going into it. The implications of the Silver Tsunami for the healthcare system are enormous. A recent article by CTV revealed that

  • Only 37% of Canadians have confidence in the ability of the current system to care for our aging population.
  • 3/4 respondents said they were concerned for themselves about whether they would have access to high-quality health care in their retirement years.
  • 9/10 Canadians feel that the entire health care system could be improved by keeping seniors at home as long as possible, to help lighten the load on hospitals and nursing homes.

Jane Meadus, a lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, was quoted by CTV stating, “One of things we don’t do in Canada very well is to teach our health professionals about geriatrics.”

Melody’s House Calls has seen this reality only too clearly, and with the coming Silver Tsunami, we also would like to see more geriatrics training in medical schools and nursing schools.

The truth is, seniors make up the fastest growing age group in Canada. The number of seniors in Canada is projected to increase to 9.8 million by 2036. In just 4 years Canadians will face what some call “the crossover”, the day when there are more seniors than children.

53% of people 75 and over live alone, many of them without family support. And 10% of seniors suffer from some form of dementia: often isolated, lonely and suffering from malnourishment and depression.

A friendly visit or transportation to the grocery store can make all the difference in a senior’s life.

Could you or someone you know use help around the home? Or are you interested in franchising?

The need is great and Melody’s House Calls is here to make a difference. Call 1.855.510.5155 or email melody@housecallsnursing.ca.