Se­niors are not what they used to be…

The Compass - - SOCIALS -

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!

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