New Brunswick

Moncton candidates prepare for debate over senior care

The Canadian Nurses Association will hold a town hall meeting in Moncton to address issues facing an aging population.

Canadian Nurses Association hope federal election debate will shine a spotlight on healthy aging

The Canadian Nurses Association will present three priorities to candidates in the Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe riding on Tuesday night. (Canadian Press)

The Canadian Nurses Association is holding an election debate between federal candidates in Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe on Tuesday to address issues facing an aging population.

Rachel Bard, the former chief executive officer of the association, says the shift in demographics is a major reason to focus on senior care in the province.

"We are aging. The young generation is not growing as fast as people are aging," Bard said.

"Therefore, if we want to maintain a health system that will be better positioned to look after the aging population we need to pay attention."

While provinces are in charge of the delivery of health care services, Bard said the federal government also has a strong role to play.

"The federal government has a responsibility. We are still a country and it is important that we have the federal government working to really collaborate," she said.

She said there will be three recommendations presented during the meeting including common standards for health services to age at home, increased support for family caregivers and programs to promote healthy aging.

Candidates for the Liberals, NDP and Greens will attend the forum. 

The association says the Conservative candidate Robert Goguen has declined the invitation to attend the debate.

"I think it's a missed opportunity and I guess we'll have to let the lack of presence speak for itself," she said.

The meeting will be held at Moncton's Capitol Theatre at  6:30 p.m. 

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