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ON OCT .1, THE DAY CANADA hon­ours the con­tri­bu­tions of its se­niors, fed­eral Se­niors Min­is­ter Philom­ena Tassi paid a visit to the CARP na­tional of­fice at the Zoomer­plex in Toronto.

As well as speak­ing to rep­re­sen­ta­tives and lo­cal chap­ter mem­bers, Tassi took part in a panel dis­cus­sion on se­niors’ so­cial in­clu­sion, a topic which she said was “very near and dear to my heart.”

The min­is­ter was joined on the panel by Laura Tam­blyn Watts, CARP’s na­tional direc­tor of law, pol­icy and re­search; Dr. Raza M. Mirza, an ex­pert on the fac­tors in­flu­enc­ing late-life so­cial, men­tal and phys­i­cal well-be­ing; and Diane English, of Parks and Re­cre­ation On­tario.

Draw­ing on the link be­tween lone­li­ness and poor health, Mirza said, “So­cial iso­la­tion has the im­pact [on health] of smok­ing 15 cig­a­rettes.” An­other study he pointed to draws a link be­tween de­men­tia and iso­la­tion.

CARP’s Ot­tawa chap­ter also ran a Na­tional Se­niors Day event on Par­lia­ment Hill. Rick Baker, pres­i­dent of CARP’s Ot­tawa chap­ter, hosted MP Deb Schulte, par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary of rev­enue and chair of the all-party Se­niors Coun­cil, and met with Tassi as well.

CARP Pres­i­dent Moses Znaimer with Se­niors Min­is­ter Philom­ena Tassi

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