Andre Picard of the Globe and Mail notes that La Résidence du Havre fire, now estimated to have killed 31, is a symptom of a much larger issue.
We have known for more than half a century that the post-war baby boom was going to result in a much older society in the future and, as the years passed, it became abundantly clear that one of the biggest societal challenges would be how to house and care for them.
But what have we done in preparation?
Aside from moaning about how boomers are going to bankrupt the health system, very little.
We have not re-engineered our cities to make them more senior-friendly, we have not modified our labour policies to make caring for our parents and grandparents financially viable, and we have not created a decent home-care network.
via Public policy neglects safety of our seniors – The Globe and Mail.