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The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees will release a new documentary film examining the state of seniors care on Monday, Feb. 2 at a free screening in Edmonton.

Numbers on a Page: the Seniors Care Crisis in Alberta explores Alberta Health Services’ closure of small town long-term care facilities and the devastating effect on families and communities.

The half-hour documentary also looks at the government’s moves to hand more and more responsibility for seniors care to the private sector without adequate oversight and accountability.

“This is an issue of concern to all Albertans,” said AUPE Vice-President Karen Weiers, who chairs the union’s Anti-Privatization Committee. “Our population is aging, and at some point all families will have to turn to our seniors care system for help caring for a loved one.”

AUPE is also launching a new website, www.putseniorsfirst.com, as a resource for families and seniors in care. It will contain practical information, tips and data to help Albertans understand and navigate the complex system.

“Our seniors built this province,” said AUPE Vice-President Glen Scott, who sits on Public Interest Alberta’s seniors task force. “We owe it to them to ensure that Alberta has the best continuing care possible.”

The screening will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2 at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, 9828 – 101A Ave. Doors open at 6:30. After the film, there will be a panel discussion including seniors advocates and participants in the documentary. A reception will follow.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. People can reserve their seats by going to www.putseniorsfirst.com or by calling (780) 930-5287.

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A trailer for the documentary can be viewed at www.putseniorsfirst.com.

For more information, contact:

Karen Weiers, AUPE Vice-President: (403) 561-2482
Glen Scott, AUPE Vice-President: (403) 479-4508
Merryn Edwards, AUPE communications officer: (780) 592-1951