Social Policy Practice For Social Workers

2119 Words Nov 1st, 2016 9 Pages
The early 1940’s found the median age in Canada to be approximately 26, whereas today it rests at just under 40 (Hick, 2014). This rising trend in age further continues when looking at that of the elderly (those aged 65+). The Government of Canada (2016) projects that beginning in 2011 and stretching over the next three decades, the number of elderly persons in Canada will rise from 4.2 million to that of 9.8 million, with the latter estimated to represent almost a quarter of the total population at that time. The impact this increase has on social policy regarding the elderly has yet to be fully actualized, but will undoubtedly affect Canadians across the board as additional pressures are placed on the system, as well as calls for more aggressive changes are likely to correct current policy pitfalls. This paper reflects on the chapter findings in the text, Social Welfare in Canada, as well as analyses the issues and proposes foreseeable implications that this has on social policy practice for social workers.

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Chapter 13 of the text: The Elderly and Retired, addresses the foundation of Canada’s social policies for seniors (those aged 65 and above in most circumstances), and the underlying issues and ideas that continue to pervade its framework. Effective and fair social policy regarding Canada’s seniors is of paramount importance now and in the immediate years to come, seeing as with the baby-boomer generation in the process of retiring, it is…
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