Canada’s seniors need improved access to community-based speech-language pathology and audiology services.
Canada desperately needs to improve its entire approach to seniors health care. Our current health care system is ill-equipped to address the communication health needs of the fastest growing segment of our population: seniors. Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) continues to call on the federal government to prioritize seniors’ health by expanding the health system to include access to publicly funded community-based speech-language pathology and audiology services.
There is a high incidence of communication, hearing, balance and swallowing disorders (dysphagia) among the elderly. With aging also comes a higher prevalence of stroke and chronic, degenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The need for speech-language pathology and audiology services will only increase as our country’s aging population continues to grow.
Canada’s demographics today are very different from when Medicare was introduced in the 1960s. It is time for Canada to modernize its publicly funded health care system to proactively address the needs of seniors. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists have expertise in addressing the functional, emotional and social consequences of many chronic health conditions related to aging. It is important that communication health professionals contribute to the development of a new health care paradigm in Canada, one that is focused on better addressing the needs of seniors.
That the federal government expand Canada’s publicly funded healthcare system to include access to community-based speech-language pathology and audiology services.
It’s time for Canada to modernize its entire approach to seniors’ health care to ensure that seniors across Canada have access to the essential programs and services they need. While providing health care is primarily the responsibility of the provinces and territories, the federal government shares responsibility for funding the system. Speech-Language & Audiology Canada is therefore calling on the federal government to take a leadership role in strengthening and expanding the health care system to ensure that seniors have access to timely and affordable speech-language pathology and audiology services.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATES:
I am concerned about seniors in Canada…
If elected to form government, what action would your party take to ensure that seniors have access to high quality speech-language pathology and audiology services?
Do you support updating the Canada Health Act to encourage provinces and territories to expand community-based health care, including access to speech-language pathology and audiology services?
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Share our SAC graphics on social media.
- Share the information on this page with your patients, clients, friends and family.
- Speak to your local candidates and their representatives about this issue.
- Print off copies of this page and display them at your school or place of work.
ADDITIONAL SAC RESOURCES
- Communication Health and Aging Brochure
- Communication Health and End-of-Life Care
- Position Statement on the Role of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Dementia Care
- Dysphagia (Poster | Info Sheet)
- Position Statement on the Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Dysphagia
- Position Statement on Audiologic Rehabilitation: Solutions to Optimize Accessibility and Participation for People with Hearing Problems