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Towle talks to seniors about needs

Wildrose MLA Kerry Towle will spend the next two weeks talking to seniors about their wants and needs in 23 communities across Alberta.

Towle begins in Whitecourt on Tuesday and wraps up in Red Deer on March 2.

The Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA said she wants to show the ruling Progressive Conservative government that the approach they have taken to long-term care and seniors is the wrong one.

She will speak to seniors in informal gatherings at care facilities and public spots. Details on the locations will be available at in the coming days.

Towle said she wants a better understanding of seniors in order to guide policy.

“If it’s really important to the majority of the seniors in Alberta that they get to stay home as long as possible, maybe funneling all this money into capital infrastructure isn’t the right approach,” said Towle. “Maybe we need to re-look at home care programs (and expanding it). At what point and time do we start looking at investing in people instead of cement?”

Towle said while there is no doubt value in facilities, there is also value of being able to live in your home longer.



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