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…
Old age need not be dreaded if it is the culmination of a well-spent life
The province has a looming baby boomer retirement problem, crumbling municipal infrastructure, and a lack of capacity at the municipal level to deal with all this. Restructuring tax collection could help immensely.
It’s going to be you, or someone you love, one day
Traveling among different cultures requires flexibility and adaptiveness. Are these qualities that become more difficult as we grow older?
Elder care strategy needs to be a higher priority in this province. Here’s how we can start.
The folks over at cbc.ca/nl have started to use clever graphics to deliver interesting information, and has done so again with new statistics from Food Banks Canada’s annual Hunger Count report. You can check out the very long graphic here, but if you’d rather just the text, take a look below. Food Bank Use in Newfoundland and Labrador 28,642 – Number of people in NL served by a food bank this March 37.3% – Percentage of those people who were children 9,090 – Number of households that have used food banks 67% – Percentage of food bank users who are tenants of social housing 56% – Percentage of food bank users that are women 5% – Percentage of food bank users that are over 65 1.2% – Percentage of food bank users that are post-secondary students 7% – Percentage food bank use dropped from 2010 5.1% – Percentage food bank…