Executive Director's Report Issue 40

Fall 2001 CSANews Issue 40  |  Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.Back to list

Last month, I attended a very insightful three-day international conference on Technology and Aging, the first of its kind. You may ask why was I representing the CSA at a conference of this nature ­ simple -- the technological advancements discussed at that conference will ensure that you not only, as one speaker stated, "add years to your life, but life to your years". Topics from the design of furniture, to advancements in computer software, to the development of technologies that allow people to adapt to their various environmental challenges ­ hearing, sight and motion were also discussed and highlighted in presentations and workshops. I came back enlightened, enlivened and energized with ideas as to how to help our membership live and enjoy their retirements, not simply exist.

On a personal note, one of the most interesting aspects discussed and referenced at the conference was the issue of our culture and communities' readiness for the massive retirement and aging of the 'boomers'. Let's face it, confronted with the sheer demographics alone, they had better be ready! The 'baby boomers' have greater disposable incomes, are better educated, are politically and socially active and verbal. As an aside in my last column I referenced submitting my Fellowship paper to the University of Waterloo, which dealt with this very topic, I am happy to say that the paper was accepted and I received my Fellowship from the Economic Development Association of Canada.

Prior to the last Board of Directors meeting, Bob Jackson, Ellen White and I met with representatives from two prominent associations ­ the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores and the Ontario Medical Association.

One of our short-term goals of working with the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS) is to link with their Web site to offer our members a comprehensive listing of drugstores near their homes in Canada and in the United States through CACDS' American counterpart NACDS. As well, CSA members will be able to link to other drug and chronic disease information sites through the CACDS Web site. We will continue our discussions with their Vice President, Public Affairs, Lori Turik, to see if there are ways our associations' can work together to ensure that our members ­ and all Canadians ­ enjoy a high level of privacy while at the same time, effectively managing their medications to improve their health. Pharmacists are an invaluable source of information as they have studied pharmacology for many years in university ­ and we encourage our members to tap into this gold mine of information.

Our meeting with Dr. Ted Boadway, Executive Director, Health Policy, of the Ontario Medical Association was very informative and we believe that there is a strong "fit" between our respective associations. The issue of patient privacy is of utmost concern, with the Federal legislation being enacted in January and Ontario's Privacy Act under consideration right now. Also touched upon briefly was the topic of senior drivers and safety, and we have offered our assistance to the OMA on this very important and timely topic.