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Promoting Ageism

Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society     February 21, 2014 VIA Facsimile 780 341 7880 – letter to follow   Mr. Don Smitten, President & CEO Alberta Motor Association (AMA) 11220 109 St, Edmonton, AB T5G 2T6   Dear Mr. Smitten:   Promoting ageism   We submit that the introduction of the CAA Senior Driving Tool promotes ageism and would appear […]

Dementia Deception

            Seniors who fail the fraudulent Simard MD cognitive test, according to this government document are deemed to be suffering from dementia.   This test is not formally recognized by the Alberta Department of Transportation, nevertheless the Alberta Government pays Doctors $75 when they administer the test. This deceptive test has […]

Alberta’s Health Charter

DriveABLE threatens the Elder Advocates

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DriveABLE Threat

To: Elder Advocates of Alberta I thought you might be interested in the following email I have sent to DriveABLE, Calgary. “I have serious concerns about how you run your business in a manner which lacks honesty and professionalism. I was told that one had to pass the computer test in order to be able […]

Honourable Ed Stelmach

REGISTERED MAIL September 2, 2014 Mr. Ed. Stelmach, 170029 Highway # 2, Lamont, AB. T0B 2R0 Dear Mr. Stelmach: Mandatory, medical assessments of older Albertans We have learned that the mandatory, medical assessments of older Alberta citizens and the introduction of the Simard MD and DriveABLE pilot project happened under your watch as Premier. Dr. […]

Physician Elder Abuse

HAND DELIVERED May 6, 2010 Mr. Fred Horne, MLA, Edmonton Rutherford, 308 Saddleback Road NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6J 4R7 Dear Mr. Horne: Thank you for meeting with me and a member of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society on the afternoon of Friday, January 22nd, 2010 concerning driving issues. Thank you for your correspondence of […]

Simard MD & DriveABLE protocol

REGISTERED MAIL November 7, 2014 Mr. Bill Bland Senior Vice President, Business Development, DriveABLE.Assessment Corp Inc 304-10050 112 Street NW Edmonton, AB. T5K 2J1 Dear Mr. Bland: Simard MD & DriveABLE protocol. We have publicly stated that there appears to be no correlation between the Simard MD & DriveABLE testing and the ability to drive […]

Determining fitness to drive: A troublesome task

As long ago as 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada decided in the case of Terry Grismer to instruct all motor vehicle licensing authorities to make fitness-to-drive decisions on the basis of functional capacity, not simply by diagnosis, as had been done previously. Mr Grismer was the operator of a mining truck and wanted to […]

Physician elder abuse

HAND DELIVERED May 6, 2010 Mr. Fred Horne, MLA, Edmonton Rutherford, 308 Saddleback Road NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6J 4R7 Dear Mr. Horne: Thank you for meeting with me and a member of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society on the afternoon of Friday, January 22nd, 2010 concerning driving issues. Thank you for your correspondence of […]

Alberta College of Family Physicians Discriminates Against Seniors.

January 28, 2015 Dr. Patricia Smith,MD, BSc, LMCC,CCF President Alberta College of Family Physicians Edmonton, AB. Dear Dr. Smith: In 2003 legislation was passed to require Albertans at age 75 and thereafter to provide evidence of a medical examination in order to renew their driving license. This was an act of blatant discrimination against seniors, […]

Commentary: Derrel R. Dular Managing Director of Alliance of Seniors

Mr. Derrell R. Dular, Managing Director, Alliance of Seniors/Older Canadians Network, Dear Sir, re:   Discrimination of Elderly Drivers of Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. The three Provinces mentioned above have entered into the discrimination of Elderly Drivers by requiring them to undergo special testing, upon reaching the age of 80 years, whether or not accident […]

Publishing and promoting ageism, willful untruths and fraudulent misrepresentation

HAND DELIVERED January 5, 2015 Mrs. Bonnie M. Dobbs PhD, Director, MARD Centre, University of Alberta, 1704 College Plaza, 8215 112 Street, Edmonton, AB. T6G 2C8 Dear Madam: Reference: Publishing and promoting ageism, willful untruths and fraudulent misrepresentation On the “Homestretch”, CBC radio, December 5, 2014, you stated to listeners: “Starting at about age 70, […]