That the General Synod records its appreciation of the sympathetic consideration accorded to the representatives of the Church through its Council since the General Synod of 1943 on matters of social security, and in particular welcomes the provision of Old Age Pensions for those seventy years of age and over and of the special assistance programme to those in the sixty-five to sixty-nine year bracket;
And urges at this time that further and continued study be given to the great discrepancies in health services and the uneven distribution of medical facilities among our people and respectfully requests that early steps be taken looking toward the improvement of this situation. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the Council for Social Service of the Church of England in Canada be requested to study the whole problem of exemption from Income Tax for all persons over seventy years of age, whose income is below the required subsistence level. CARRIED in both Houses.
"The latter years may be a time of loneliness, withdrawal and fears or alternatively a serene flowering of much that has been growing throughout a long life. A skilled and loving ministry to the aging can be an important factor in dispelling the former and supporting the latter and is increasing a challenge and incentive to clergy and people. In meeting this challenge a parish can be greatly enriched through the faith, wisdom and experience of its older members." -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction / Maurice P. Wilkinson -- The Problems of Aging and Old Age / J.R.D. Bayne -- Ministering to the Older Person in the Urban Parish / Paul E.F. Brillinger -- Gaiety and Action / Muriel Hooper -- Bibliography -- A Meditation onAge for use in groups or by individuals -- Addendum -- For Thought and Action.
"Most Church people will rejoice because of the provisions recently made by Federal and Provincial authorities. These fall into two classes: first, Assistance for those who have need and can prove it, sixty-five to sixty-nine years of age; and secondly, Pensions without any means test for those over seventy years of age. The basic amount in each case is $40.00 a month. That these provisions will ease many a dire case of want, cannot be doubted. We rejoice in this programme of partial security." "The Church's first task is to minister to the inmates of these [old age] institutions .... Every parish priest should visit the institutions or homes, little or large, where the aged are, and seek to know them and serve them." "In some place and circumstances the Church may be able to go further than that. Some deaneries or dioceses may be able to provide and manage a Home, and this is a most desirable solution to the problem. Whether it can be done by the local Church alone is questionable, but it is possible and probable that local state authorities will be glad to co-operate, and the Old Age Assistances and Pensions can make financing more easy". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / W.W. Judd -- Age Shall Not Weary Them / Leonard F. Hatfield -- Pertinent Books in the Council's Library -- Recent Additions to the Library.