DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF POLICY CONCERNING SENIORS & AGING
Canada is experiencing a significant growth in the number of people over 65. Policy statements from governments at the national, provincial and local levels, as well as by volunteer-run organizations are being developed to help maintain and improve the quality of life of senior Canadians. Formal discourse analysis with Textual Analysis Computing Tools (TACT) is used to analyze recent statements from the federal government and the Ontario government. Documents for a local region in Ontario – Prince Edward County – will also be examined. Quality of life statements will be defined and used. The analysis identifies significant differences in the approaches used by the federal, provincial and local governments, and the volunteer agency. While the latter is directly concerned with the actual day-to-day delivery of services, the governmental policies offer much more general statements. Specific examples are included.