Seniors are a vital and increasing force in Canada.
In fact, for the first time there are more Canadians age 65 and over than there are under age 15.
Some 5.8 million Canadians are 65-plus. That’s about 16% of the population.
By 2036, nearly one in four Canadians will be a senior.
For both men and women, there are significant differences between life at age 65, 75 and 85-plus. Add to this, variations in ethnicity, geography, education and socio-economic status and the challenges in effectively caring for our seniors are made even more complex. Moreover, consider that the majority of seniors have at least one chronic disease or condition, and take as many as five different medications.
But despite this, research that will help us better understand the complex needs of our older population is sadly underfunded.
That is why the Foundation, with the support of the RTO/ERO, funded the RTO/ERO Chair in Geriatric Medicine, and it is why we continue to raise and invest funds into research related to aging.
Click here to read more about the Foundation’s grants for research in aging.
But it’s not enough to care for our older adults. Seniors prosper – and society does too – when they are truly engaged.
According to the National Seniors Council, “The number one emerging issue facing seniors in Canada is keeping older people socially connected and active.”
That’s why the Foundation has made research and training in geriatrics and gerontology its primary focus, while also addressing the troubling trend of seniors finding themselves isolated from the world.