EDMONTON, AB (June 2, 2014): Wildrose Seniors Critic Kerry Towle commended Albertan seniors and their contributions to the province to mark the beginning of Seniors Week and made the following statement:
“I have been honoured to have been able to meet so many valuable seniors these past years in my work as Wildrose Seniors Critic. I’ve heard so many great stories from seniors and have learned so much. It has truly been a great privilege.
“Seniors have helped flag many key issues these past years that I have been able to raise in the Legislature. Due to the immense pressure from so many thoughtful and diligent seniors, the government has been forced to address issues like the 100-kilometre divorce by nursing home policy, poor quality food in hospitals and lodges, seniors’ abuse among other issues.
“An ongoing problem for many active seniors continues to be unfair, targeted driver testing called DriveABLE, a program I have spoken out against in the Legislature and will continue to bring up with the government. In partnership with seniors’ organizations, I am committed to holding this government to account on these issues.
“During Seniors Week I will be challenging myself and Albertans to help a senior in up to seven ways. These seven issues can be uniquely problematic for seniors. These included everyday tasks such as managing letters, bills and paperwork, learning a new technology, planting a garden, buying groceries, reading, exercising and accessing government services. I encourage all Albertans to join me in this effort.
“I hope to be able to continue learning from seniors as I travel the province and represent their interests in the Legislature. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the hard work and dedication of seniors to building this great province. The sacrifices you made help get us to where we are, and Albertans continue to benefit from your brave decisions and wise advice.”