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More seniors living longer: Report

Canadian Press :
February 27, 2007

OTTAWA   A new report says what it means to be a senior is undergoing fundamental changes as millions of baby boomers come knocking at the door.

Statistics Canada reports that the number of seniors increased to 4.2 million from 2.4 million between 1981 and 2005, while their share of the total population jumped from 13.1 per cent from 9.6.

Between 2006 and 2026, the number of seniors is projected to increase to 9.8 million from 4.3 million and their share of the population is expected to increase to 21.2 per cent from from 13.2.

The study says seniors are living longer: the average 65-year-old Canadian could expect to live another 13.3 years a century ago StatsCan says the same individual could expect to live another 19.2 years in 2003.

Even in the short span between 1991 and 2003, Canadians life expectancy at the age of 65 increased by 1.2 years.

With "old age" now spanning a period of 20 years or more, the agency says the characteristics and experiences of seniors are evermore varied and will become even more so as the baby boom generation starts turning 65 in 2011.

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