As of July 2019, there is an estimated 6 million+ seniors in living in Canada, making up roughly 17 percent of the population. According to Statistics Canada, this number is expected to increase to over 9.5 million by 2030, meaning seniors will account for almost a quarter of the total population. It’s even proposed that due to this increase, that we break up how we talk about this population into “the younger old (65-74 years), the old (75-84), and the older old or oldest old (85 plus)” (Source: BC Law Institute (BCLI)).
Combined with higher life expectancies, there is a growing focus on the risks and concerns affecting this growing demographic. Seniors and older adults daily face struggles with financial security, housing, social isolation, elder abuse, health care, and access to support.
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