Elections: Seniors feel forgotten, despite an aging population

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Éelections&nbsp ;: seniors feel forgotten, despite an aging population

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">Some seniors are calling on political parties to better listen to their demands (archives).

As the election approaches on October 3, seniors feel forgotten during the election campaign.

However, the population of Eastern Quebec is aging: the proportion of elderly people in the populations of our regions will increase considerably in the next twenty years, according to the Institute of Statistics of Quebec.< /p>

Proportion of people aged 65 and over in the population

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Region

Proportion in 2020

Proportion projected in 2041

< p class="content">Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine

28.6 %

38%

Bas-Saint-Laurent

26.8%

35%

North Shore

20.4%

31%

Source: Institute of Statistics of Quebec

Affordable housing, home care, poverty, living environment, or even inflation: the issues that seniors face are numerous.

For some, the next government must do more.

This is the case of Jean-Yves L. Langlois, a resident of Mont-Joli who can no longer make ends meet.

I had a cut from the government. It cost me 38 piastres a month, and now it costs me 250 piastres a month. Plus my rent. If that's aging…, he says discouraged.

Jean-Yves L. Langlois, a beneficiary of Moisson Mitis services

The income from which his disposition is so weak that every month he has to resolve to ask Moisson Mitis for a basket of foodstuffs.

He shouts from the heart.

You always have to be in agony to get help. You always have to be at your wit's end. At my age, I often think about suicide. Why? Because, crime, sometimes I tell myself that I would be much better off being dead than being a human wreck. Do you understand? There, I am much less active, I lack income, I lack consideration from the government, no matter what I have done in my life, he says.

“Me the electoral promises, I am 70 years old, I could make you a book like the reform of the school. »

— Jean-Yves L. Langlois, beneficiary of Moisson Mitis services

Mr. Langlois is not the only one dependent on the food bank. Since the beginning of the pandemic, almost twice as many people aged 65 and over have benefited from the services of Moisson Mitis.

This came as a surprise to the organization's executive director, Gilles Dufour, who points to inflation, but also the loneliness of the elderly to explain the increase in requests for help.

Gilles Dufour, General Manager of Moisson Mitis

We know how much old people can get as old age pension, then the guaranteed income supplement, it's not huge. The elderly, it affects us more, because we say to ourselves that they have nevertheless contributed all their life, then that they use the services of the food bank, it is not always jojo.

“The elders plunder on their pride to come here.

— Gilles Dufour, General Manager of Moisson Mitis

Groups of seniors are asking the government to help them maintain the services they offer to seniors.

This is particularly the case with Carrefour 50 + du Québec , which brings together 145 clubs in Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Bas-Saint-Laurent, regions with many aging and devitalized municipalities.

For the president of the organization, Richard Rancourt, seniors are repeatedly forgotten during election campaigns.

People are forced to make a choice between buying medicine, food, and limiting their transport activities, for example, when I want to travel to seek a service in a central city. It is expensive for me to travel by car, that's the problem, he explains.

Richard Rancourt, president of Carrefour 50 + du Québec

Mr. Rancourt calls in particular for the creation of a Ministry of Seniors.

Mrs. people want. What they want is recognition and a ministry that can support them and understand their needs, he said.

For her part, Armande Charest, retired and president of Club 50 + de Saint-Yves, in Rimouski, emphasizes the importance of volunteer involvement in the living environment of seniors.

Our goal is to be able to get seniors out of their isolation. It is to offer them activities to be able to maintain their physical and moral health, at a lower cost, she indicates. #x27;ear and be more sensitive to their concerns.

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