Longevity and Public Health. IFA Global Conference Montreal September 7, 2008 Carolyn Bennett M.D., M.P. Longevity. Life expectancy ? ‘Long life’ More than numerical.... Quality of Life ICF.... Health and Functional Capacity. The Grey Tsunami ?. The Grey Tsunami ?. R.O.M.P.
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IFA Global Conference
September 7, 2008
Carolyn Bennett M.D., M.P.
LIFE EXPECTANCY DOES MATTER
France…14,000 died in the heat wave
“…It’s efforts are focused on four main areas:
injury prevention and
``if it`s measured it gets noticed, if it`s
noticed it gets done``
Soup lady should dish out factsWinnipeg Free Press, Mon Oct 3 2005Monday, October 3, 2005
Public Health Minister Carolyn Bennett says what bothers her about a flu pandemic is delivering chicken soup to victims.At last month's annual meeting of the Canadian Public Health Association, she told Canadian Press that mutual support among citizens is one of the most important elements of the response to a pandemic.Then she added: "The part that bugs me most is the bottom-up part. Does every Canadian know who their three neighbours are...and would we be able to get them the chicken soup and not get infected?"
Based on the 2007 Winnipeg International Workshop on Seniors and Emergency Preparedness Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 6–9, 2007For presentation to the United Nations Commission for Social Development.
Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus
“The worst thing for a physician is to help someone get well and then send them straight back into the situation that made them sick in the first place”
Better Public Policy
A) strong fence at the top of the cliff
B) state of the art fleet of ambulances and paramedics waiting at the bottom ?
A) Clean air
B) Enough puffers and respirators
A) a falls program to reduce preventable hip fractures
B) private orthopaedic hospitals and more surgeons
A) early learning, child care, literacy,the early identification of learning disabilities and bullying programmes
B) increase the budget for young offenders’ incarceration
A) assume that the 'grey tsunami' will bankrupt our health care system
B) include our aging population in the planning of strategies to keep them well
A) food banks and vouchers
B) Income security,affordable housing, community gardens and community kitchens and a national food policy
Pandemic Preparedness should focus on
Sir Michael Marmot
Physical and mental energy comes from
feeling in control of your life,
having real choices,
and being involved with others
to find ways of organizing change for the better