Aging, Seniors

Seniors in Ontario

The demographic profile of Ontario is one of an aging society. The number of people aged 75 and over is projected to rise from 865,000 in 2010 to almost 2.2 million by 2036. The 90+ group will more than triple in size, from 79,000 to 291,000.  Projections indicate that in twenty years, 10.6 per cent of the population will be over 75 years old. [Ontario Ministry of Finance]

Seniors ‘At Risk’ for Loss of Independence

Seniors, as a group, are healthier and more active; and the seniors of the future are predicted to be amongst the healthiest in history. However, a consequence of aging is that the likelihood of developing chronic conditions and long term illness increases can compromise the prospect of independence.

Most, if not all people, wish to remain independent during their older years. Successful aging requires a holistic approach – avoiding disease and disability; maintaining cognitive ability; and engaging with life.  One of the most significant and least desirable outcomes for a community dwelling senior is to be prematurely institutionalized because of the lack of home and community care based health and social support options.

96% of respondents in Ontario are more likely to agree that Canada needs a national seniors’ health care strategy.
Ipsos Reid 2014. CMA National Report on Health Care: Seniors Health Issues and the Impact of an Ageing Population 

Growing numbers of community‐dwelling seniors are ‘at risk’ for loss of independence because they need more help than is currently available in the health care system to age at home. Investment in supportive care to enable optimum functioning for individuals at the ‘fringe’ of admission to a care facility can help to tip the balance of care to the community thereby avoiding the often rapid dependence on others which arises out of care in other settings. Ontario’s provincial home care program is vital to supporting the publicly insured system by enabling early discharge of patients from hospitals and providing an alternative to long-term care homes. For the overwhelming majority who prefer to remain in their community, home care is both cost effective and care effective.

Seniors and Home Care

Too many Ontarians continue to seek primary health care in hospital emergency departments and too many hospital beds are used to care for non-acutely ill people who could be at home with supports. The system must change to help these people get more appropriate care through a well resourced and well-coordinated home care system that is integrated with the broader health sector.

Seniors' Month 2016: Seniors Making A Difference

June 2016 marks the 32nd annual Seniors’ Month in Ontario.  This year’s theme is "Seniors Making a Difference".  

Reports

  • Independence, Activity, and Good Health - Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors
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    January 2013: Prepared by Ontario's Seniors Secretariat
  • Revera Report on Ageism
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    November 2, 2012: See more at the website: Age is More
  • Loud and Clear: Seniors and caregivers speak out about navigating Ontario's healthcare system
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    April 30, 2012: Seniors with chronic conditions and their caregivers tell The Change Foundation about navigating Ontario's healthcare system and share their thoughts about improvements that could be made.
  • Health Care in Canada, 2011 - A Focus on Seniors and Aging
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    December 2011: Released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

    The report opens by describing the current demographic shift into an accelerated period of population aging and the characteristics of today’s seniors. The report next explores the degree to which aging has contributed to increases in public health expenditures over the past 10 years and whether the health care needs of an aging population may become a bigger cost driver in the near future. The remaining chapters of the report follow seniors across settings of care, from primary health care to home and residential care settings. p

  • Canada’s Aging Population: Seizing the Opportunity
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    April 21, 2009: Special Senate Committee on Aging, Final Report

    Chaired by The Honourable Sharon Carstairs, P.C., Chair & The Honourable Wilbert Joseph Keon, Deputy Chair

    Five overarching recommendations are made in order to seize the opportunity of an aging population to build a better, more inclusive Canada.

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