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- Antigua and Barbuda - Argentina - Bahamas - Barbados - Belize - Bolivia - Brazil - Canada - Chile - Colombia - Costa Rica - Dominica - Dominican Republic - Ecuador - El Salvador - Grenada - Guatemala - Guyana - Haiti - Honduras - Jamaica - Mexico - Nicaragua - Panama - Paraguay - Peru - Saint Kitts and Nevis - Saint Lucia - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Suriname - Trinidad and Tobago - United States - Uruguay - Venezuela -
Date:  6/20/2010 
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s Division of Aging and Seniors (DAS) provides federal leadership on seniors' public health issues in order to optimize healthy aging. The Division strives to engage stakeholders on matters concerning healthy aging, including the prevention and control of disease and injury in older adult life. PHAC provides reliable information about aging in Canada, covering a spectrum of topics including: caring for seniors, healthy aging, emergency preparedness and injury prevention.

Canada has endorsed strategies developed by both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization with respect to seniors’ health and well-being. PHAC is actively engaged both domestically and with international non-governmental organizations in work to support the Madrid International Plan of Action on Aging’s third major direction (creating supportive and enabling communities) through Age-Friendly Communities initiatives. PHAC’s expertise and leadership through engagement with provinces and territories is supporting implementation of this model across the country. The benefits of this engagement are being shared with counterparts in the Americas.

The Canadian government provides financial support to the aging population through: Old Age Security, available to most Canadians when they reach the age of 65 and the Canada Pension Plan, which provides contributors and their families with retirement, disability, survivor, death and children’s benefits.

Canada’s government is providing $10 million over two years to increase funding for the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The enhanced funding will support projects which focus on volunteering among seniors and ensuring that today's seniors can mentor the next generation of volunteers, passing on their valuable skills. It will also support projects that focus on raising awareness of financial abuse of seniors.
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Date:  6/20/2010 
Canada welcomes engagement with other states in the protection of this vulnerable population. While sharing the concern of other states on this issue, Canada believes it is preferable to focus on implementing existing obligations rather than looking at the creation of new, potentially overlapping instruments. Canada shares the view expressed by the 1991 United Nations Principles for Older Persons which emphasize the importance of independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and dignity.
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