The province is not alone in its plight to deliver expanded and improved services; the growing needs of seniors’ health care are an issue across Canada.
According to a 2016 report released by the Canadian Medical Association titled “The State of Seniors Health Care in Canada,” strategies must be developed to deal with the issue; the numbers are damning, and here is why.
Canada’s population is aging. Statistics Canada reports that over 15 per cent of the population at the last census was over 65; for comparison, the report states in 1960 it was 7.6 per cent.For the first time there are more people aged 65 and older than there are children aged 0-14 years.
Based on population projections, the share of Canadians 65 and older will continue to rise and that by 2024 they will account for 20.1 per cent of the population.
By 2036 seniors are expected to make up 25 per cent of the population. People aged 85 years and over make up the fastest growing age group in Canada — this portion of the population grew by 127 per cent between 1993 and 2013 according to the report.
Newfoundland’s situation is more dire. From July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013; there were 286 more deaths than births in our province, according to Statistics Canada.