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CNA wants to know what 2015 federal election issues are important to you.

  • How do you want the federal government to improve health care?
  • What is your experience as a caregiver for an aging family member or friend?
  • What would help you to age safely and independently in your own home?

Click below to share your story (please remember to tell us your city and province).

Note: CNA staff will review all submissions before publishing but will not edit or change your words.

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Nursing students taking action

I am a part of a collective action that is taking place among a class of 4th year Registered Nursing students at MacEwan University. We have designed a advocacy platform titled "Primary Health Care for a Healthier Canada." Our mission is to get Canadians to have PHC first in their mind when they go to vote. We encourage them to share why they care about PHC with other Canadians and politicians through a social media campaign titled "My Vote is For..." We hope that even after the election is over, people will continue to think about PHC. -MacEwan Nursing Students

Meagan Kadatz
Edmonton, AB

Senior care

I am a senior but a very lucky being in good health, but many of my friends are not so fortunate and badly in need of more home care. e,g help with personal care and meal prep and many can't afford to pay for home cleaning. Seniors could live much longer in their homes if the above services were available, therefor saving the government money, people are much healthier.

Margaret Cameron
Victoria, BC

diminution des pensions de vieillesse aux aînés

Quelle ne fut pas ma surprise, en août dernier, de réaliser que, malgré la hausse du coût de la vie, la pension venant du féféral que je devrais recevoir avait diminué. Je ne suis d'ailleurs pas le seul aîné à déplorer la situation. Je n'ai aucun autre revenu que cette pension. Comment expliquer alors qu'on fasse des surplus budgétaires alors qu'on nous confine au plus bas niveau de pauvreté et qu'on permette aux riches d'augmenter leurs profits à nos dépens. J'aimerais bien qu'un tel sujet soit abordé lors du débat de jeudi soir.

André Dion

Near homelessness and homelessness is a health issue

Soon to be 62 years old, I have diabetes and hypothyroidism. I also have to manage high cholesterol and weight issues by diet. Unable to use assistance programs because of rent much higher than capped rate with BC Safer program, most weeks I work 7 days a week, one contract likely not to be renewed, my relief work on weekends may disappear when the Algonquin is decommissioned if seamen take our place in access control at Dockyard (they have done that at Naden). Arthritis starting to annoy a little. Workplace inhalation of suphuric acid aggravated from overwork. Little time or rest to do what I am gifted at--writing.

Janet McDonald
Victoria, BC

Thank-you CNA

Thank-you to the CNA for addressing these extremely important issue(s) of senior care and caregiving in Canada.

Sue Sheppard-Jackman
Liverpool, NS

Seniors Care/Support

Help both financially, emotionally, and physically is also needed for those Seniors who are raising younger dependants. I am a Senior (66) and am one of the thousands who are raising our Grandchildren rather than putting them into Foster Care. We NEED help as well as those caring for the Senior. There are thousands of us across Canada. How will you help us?

Melva Desjarlais
Red Deer, AB

Why I care

my husband, was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, unknown origin, incurable and fatal. He was 48 years old and was told he had 3-6 months to live. He survived for 8 years. I was his caregiver. He had treatments in 4 different cities and 2 provinces every three months. I worked on and off during this period. We took out most of our RRSP savings to make ends meet. When Michael became too sick I took the compassionate leave to be with him most of the time. Michael was still alive after 6 weeks and I had to go back to work. He had forgotten to die according to schedule.

Helene Hardy
Gatineau, QC

Baby Boomers aren't getting any younger

Health care hasn't really been a focal point of election discussions, but it should be. We have an aging population, particularly the baby boomers, and we need to talk about a strategy for what happens as they get older. It makes no sense for them to take up hospital beds when they can be aging comfortably at home. With the appropriate government supports, caregivers can play an important part in the country's seniors strategy.

Rebecca Nash

Caregiver support

We have just through one year of turmoil to support my father in law who is 90 years old and whose condition suddenly deteriorated one year ago. He was admitted into an acute care hospital and remained there as an ALC patient for 8 months awaiting a LTC bed. Although his wish was to remain at home and we wanted to support him at home, we could not do it as home care supports were sparse, and the cost to look after him at home was formidable. I totally support reprieve for caregivers who look after elders so that we can support them at home. I applaud CNA for its policy and advocacy action on behalf of seniors in Canada. Well done.

Karima Velji
Ajax, ON

My mother

I am soon to be 65 years old, and while I have lost my siblings I am fortunate to have my mother still alive. I want to be able to be her main caregiver, however it can be tiring and stressful (financially and emotionally). I need support to continue to be her caregiver and also take care of my own health.

Jack Collins
Abbotsford, BC

Keeping my parents healthy

The caregiving role is taxing financially, emotionally and physically. I have seen the impact it has had on my parents, and have also begun to experience the role and how it will play in my life. Even though my parents strive to lead healthy lifestyles, they do have regular interactions with and needs from the healthcare system. I want to ensure that as my parents age they can access health supports that will promote their health and well-being, keep them engaged in society and allow them to remain independent.

Nick Allen
Yarmouth, NS

More must be done

As an RN working with and caring for seniors, I know well the challenges many of them face trying to navigate the health-care system, especially trying to get home care. I’m inspired by the independence, pride and wisdom they show and I feel blessed to have a chance to help them. But it’s undeniably frustrating to see people not getting the care they absolutely need because they can’t afford help to prepare meals, to get to appointments or even clean their home. It’s a hard cycle because without the support these seniors need, they’re just going to end up back in the hospital from a fall or not being able to manage their medications, or worse. There must be more we can do!

Elizabeth K.
Airdrie, AB