On October 1st many Canadians took some time out of their busy calendars to celebrate our Seniors in the community. Pearl & Pine Retirement had a table full of fun set up at the Burlington Senior’s Centre! We had a prize wheel, all kinds of prizes to win and a Grand Prize Draw Box for Dinner for 6-8 in our Private Dining Room.
The best part of the day was our chance to connect with Seniors in the community, hear what is important to them, learn about their wishes for lifestyle as they age and even how they are considering voting in the upcoming election!
Here are some interesting statistics about the senior population in Canada from our 2011 Census:
The aging of the population in Canada will accelerate between 2010 and 2031, the period during which all baby boomers will reach age 65. Population aging will continue after 2031, but at a slower pace.
- 4,945,055 — The number of seniors aged 65 and over in Canada in 2011.
- 4,335,250 — The number of seniors aged 65 and over in Canada in 2006.
Today, one in seven Canadians is aged 65 or over. By 2036, nearly one in four Canadians will be a senior.
- 5,825 — The approximate number of centenarians (seniors aged 100 and over) in 2011.
- 3,795 — The approximate number of centenarians (seniors aged 100 and over) in 2001.
According to population projections, the number of centenarians could reach 20,300 in 2036 and continue to increase in future years, reaching more than 62,000 in 2063.
In 2011, Canadians lived an average of 81.7 years, an increase of almost 25 years since 1921.
Most of the increases in life expectancy in the past 90 years came from declines in what is frequently called premature death—death among individuals who are younger than age 75.
Canadians are living longer, but, for many adults, the ability to perform key health functions declines as they age. After age 65, the decline in functional health tends to accelerate, with more severe disability (many activity limitations) occurring, on average, around age 77.
Source: “ Study: Ninety years of change in life expectancy, 1921 to 2011,”The Daily, Thursday, July 17, 2014.
The main factors behind the aging of Canada’s population are the nation’s below-replacement-level fertility rate over the last 40 years and an increasing life expectancy.
- 79 years — Life expectancy for men in 2009.
- 83 years — Life expectancy for women in 2009.
- 69 years — Life expectancy for men in 1970.
- 76 years — Life expectancy for women in 1970.
(all statistics copied from Government of Canada, Statistics Canada website – https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/dai-quo/smr08/2014/smr08_191_2014-eng.htm)