Grow­ing need

The Beacon (Gander) - - News -

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.

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