This Committee is responsible for advocating on issues relating to promotion of health, dignity and independence of older adults. A single issue is selected for primary focus at a given time. This focus consists of beginning with education on the topic followed by demonstration of the issue and finally directed advocacy. The Committee is currently exploring data on tax relief for seniors with a goal to become well informed, to consider the implications of various methods of relief and ultimately to present proposals to the appropriate levels of government.
When the work on this topic is complete the Board has approved as the next issue low-income seniors in need of care that they cannot afford.
Advocacy will also take place by way of immediate timely reactions to current topics. Clearly topical issues will arise requiring a response that will be appropriately developed through the Board or the Committee. In the past year the Council has reacted to the implications for seniors of front street garbage pick-up as an example of topical advocacy.