Seniors are not what they used to be…
For many reasons, today’s seniors are not what they used to be. That’s what suggests a Statistics Canada report based on a new statistical profile of people 65 years and over.
Seniors are living longer than ever. Life expectancy has increased significantly during the last century. Healthier than they were even 25 years ago, seniors are also in better shape financially, more educated and more active. The profile also shows that older seniors have different characteristics than younger seniors concerning health, financial situation, living arrangements and so on.
With the baby boomers generation turning 65 in 2011 and old age now spanning a period of more than 20 years, Canada’s seniors will become an increasingly heterogeneous crowd. They will also represent an increased share of the total population in the future. Between 2006 and 2026, their share of the population will increase from 13.2% to 21.2%!
What do seniors have in common? A majority of them describe their health as excellent, very good or good. That’s true for individuals aged 65 to 74 and for Canadians aged 75 or older. Approximately 6 in 10 feel their life in not at all or not very stressful. Furthermore, 53% of men aged 65 to 74 are physically or moderately active, almost the same as much younger men! And what do they do in their leisure time? Among other things, they use the Internet! The share of seniors aged 65 to 74 using the Internet more than doubled from 2000 to 2003!