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LIVES OF SENIORS
constitute one of the fastest growing groups in Canadian society
senior population will grow even faster in the next century, particularly
when baby-boomers begin turning age 65.
you know that:
2011, about 23% of the population will be over 65.
large majority of seniors live at home.
1995, there were an estimated 3.6 million seniors; that year,
they represented 12% of the total population, up from 10% in 1981
and 5% in 1921.
of higher life expectancy, women make up a relatively large share
of the senior population, especially that in the very oldest age
ranges. In 1995, 58% of all people aged 65 and over, and 70% of
those aged 85 and over, were women.
with the overall population, most seniors (83% in 1995) live in
one of the four largest provinces. Seniors, however, account for
a larger share of the overall populations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan
than they do in other provinces. In 1995, 14% of all residents
of both Manitoba and Saskatchewan were aged 65 and over. In contrast,
seniors represented only 10% of people in Newfoundland and Alberta.
seniors live at home, as opposed to in an institution. In 1991,
92% of all people aged 65 and over, lived in a private household.
A substantial proportion of these seniors, however, live alone.
In 1991, 28% of all people aged 65 and over lived alone, compared
with just 8% of those aged 15-64. At the same time, 8% of seniors
lived with members of their extended family.
seniors are living longer than ever before. In 1991, a person
aged 65 had an average life expectancy of 18 years, over a year
more than in 1981 and almost five years more than in the 1921-1941
Highlights from A Portrait of Seniors in Canada: Second Edition
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