There is a rapidly changing demography of Canadians over the age of 65. In 1971, the Canadian seniors were 7.1% of the population. In 2006, they were 13.1% of the population. It is estimated that by the year 2031, they will be 23.4% of the population. Between the years 1996 and 2006, the number of people over the age of 100 has increased 50%. In 2011, the first baby boomers retired.
According to the report of the Special Senate Committee on Aging 2006, the rapid rise in health care costs are NOT mainly due to this dramatic population increase but can be attributed mainly due to rise in medications, technical advances, improved surgical techniques, and increased physician and patient requests for diagnostic testing.
There is a need for an integrated system delivering a seamless continuum of care so that people will be able to age in the place of their choice – best done on a provincial level, such as a health authority.
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Gloria Levi will visit Princeton on February 25. For a presention on Senior’s Care and what programs are available in Princeton, join us at Riverside, February 25 @ 7:00 pm.