Our ageing Canadian population
Seniors of Canada, it’s official, you now outnumber Canadian children! The latest information from the 2016 census released by Statistics Canada reveal the surprising fact that there are 5.9m seniors aged 65 or over living in Canada, but only 5.8m children under the age of 14.
Seniors are the demographic group showing the greatest increase in the 2016 census. Statisticians attribute this to the post-war baby boom, as this group have just turned 65 and thus entered the senior age bracket. The forecasts are that the number of seniors will rise to as much as 25% over the next 15 years.
A growing senior population
There are also marked differences in both the numbers of seniors and the rise in their numbers across the country:
- In Alberta, seniors make up just 12.3% of the population
- In Ontario, 20% of the populate are aged 65 or over
- In Alberta, the senior population has risen by 23.3% since 2011
- In Ontario, it has risen by 19.9% in the same period
100 years and counting
Canadians are generally living longer, with the number of centenarians (those aged 100 or more) rising by 41.3%. What’s more if you’re female, you’re likely to live longer too.
- For those aged 85 - 99, there are 54 men for every 100 women.
- For those aged 100 and more, there are only 19 men for every 100 women.
So ladies, you’re five times more likely to reach the age of 100 than a man (sorry, gents!).
The future of senior care
The Conference Board of Canada estimated that in 10 years time, over 2.4 million Canadian seniors will require continuing care support — up 71 per cent from 2011. The number living in a retirement home or long-term care will rise to 610,000. So, what will be the impact and how are we at The Manor Villages Canada preparing for the change?
Frankly, we’re already ahead of the game. In the early 1990’s, our CEO Garth Mann recognised the growing need for high quality senior living when looking to accommodate the changing needs of his own mother. From his own experiences of visiting over 70 senior housing facilities across Canada and the USA, Dr Mann became determined to create the finest housing with a quality lifestyle for seniors. Today, we have eight The Manor Village Life Centres in Canada, offering a unique lifestyle experience tailored to each individual’s needs.
Exceptional senior care
From independent living to specialist Our Hearts Memory Care, our Residents choose the level of senior care they require. We create an individual Wellness plan to help them be active for longer, and able to fully enjoy everything our community has to offer, from senior exercise classes to social events. We call it Preservation of Independence, and we believe this is what sets our senior care communities apart, and is the way forward for an ageing population that wants (and should) live life to the fullest for many years to come.
Your personal invitation
If you’re looking at senior residential or care options for yourself, parent, grandparents or friends, why not see a Manor Village Life Centre for yourself.