Canadians are living longer, with current life expectancy now averaging 81. Statistics Canada reports that last year 750,000 Canadians were in their 80s and 305,000 in their 90s, with women significantly outnumbering men in both categories. (Of the 305,000 nonagenarians, more than 200,000 are female.) But StatsCan can’t measure the well-being of these senior citizens. One of its recent studies found that the health of most Canadians starts to deteriorate at the age of 69, but the extent and cause of that decline varies considerably at the individual level and is not measureable. Obviously, it depends on the different internal and external determinants of health that affect each of us, and whether we can exert any control over them. People who choose a self-indulgent and dissolute lifestyle can shorten their life-spans to 70 or much sooner. But even when we eat nutritious food, exercise, and do our best to nurture…
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Les Cake says Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the oldest populations in the country and by 2031 it’s estimated the province will have the oldest. Some 13.9 per cent of the province’s people are now 65 and older. But he notes that Newfoundland and Labrador is the only province in the country without a research centre or a centre that’s devoted to the study of aging. Read the Western Star’s interview with Cake, who recently completed a study called “Building an Evidence-Based Framework for the Development of a Newfoundland and Labrador Centre on Aging” by clicking the link below Source: The Western Star