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Canada's aging population

Statistics Canada recently released new population data from the 2016 census and for the first time in the survey’s history, seniors outnumber children in Canada. The country's population experienced its greatest increase in the proportion of older people since Confederation, with 5.9 million Canadian seniors compared to 5.8 million Canadians age 14 and under.  The aging of Canada’s population was influenced by the baby boomers who turned 65 in the last five years as well as increasing life expectancy. The latest census data also show a rapid increase in Canadians who are over the age of 100. There were just over 8200 centenarians with five times more women than men in this group. What does it all mean? It’s more important than ever to ensure that seniors and their caregivers have access to high-quality health information to support optimal aging. Research evidence on the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal provides valuable insights around four key considerations including: regular exercise, a healthy diet, social connections and mental wellbeing. Read our resources on these topics below, or browse our wide variety of additional health topics here.


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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website

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