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Municipal election candidates taking note of seniors' issues, advocate says

Seniors issues are coming to the forefront in Sudbury's municipal election race.
Sudbury senior Joan Xilon has a list of matters she'd like to see candidates take on. (Olivia Stefanovich/CBC)

Seniors issues are coming to the forefront in Sudbury's municipal election race.

And today, on National Seniors Day, advocates like John Lindsay say there's plenty the candidates can do for older people.

Lindsay, who is with Sudbury's Canadian Association of Retired Persons, said candidates are eager to speak to him because they know seniors follow politics closely. He said he's already been approached by nearly a dozen municipal election candidates.
John Lindsay, chair of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons in Sudbury, notes municipal candidates have already received what he calls a wish list of concerns from Sudbury's older population. (Markus Schwabe/CBC)

"There's concerns with respect to housing, of course, there's concerns with respect to transportation, some concerns regarding health."

Sudbury senior Joan Xilon has a list of matters she'd like to see candidates take on, including a service that would help match seniors with personalized assistance.

"There should be somebody who's looking after — not just seniors activities and things — seniors care,” she said.

“And all seniors should be getting the same kind of help that they need.”

Lindsay said he's most concerned with the availability of services that he may need to use in the future.

“I keep thinking, you know, there's going to be a time when I'm not going to be there, you know, when I'm not going to have all the faculties I have now,” he said.

“And I'm going to need …either some sort of different kind of housing, some sort of different type of care.”

Lindsay noted municipal candidates have already received what he calls a wish list of concerns from Sudbury's older population.

They'll debate those issues Oct. 9 at the Parkside Centre in downtown Sudbury.

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