Canada has entered uncharted territory – the 2016 Census revealed that for the first time, there are more people over age 65 than children 14 and under.
As a whole, older Canadians have never been healthier, or better off financially. Yet the big picture obscures the stark snapshots underneath...
We wonder - if I can’t contribute as I once did, or my mind is not as clear as once it was, or my personality seems to be muted, if awareness of my life story fades, what remains? Am I more than just a difficult obligation?
Yet tens of thousands of Canadians want something better for their aging family member or neighbour or friend. And hundreds of organizations pursue a different, richer vision of what it means to grow into senior status and beyond as a Canadian.
Because of them, and because of any aging person who needs some support to preserve a dignified, decent and emotionally healthy life, there is The Grand Parade.
Statistics Canada's 2016 census reported that there are now 5.9 million Canadian seniors 65 and older, compared to 5.8 million Canadians 14 and under - a jump of 20 per cent since 2011.
The census makes clear that Eastern Canada is "considerably older that in western provinces" although Ontario is split evenly between old and young.
You likely already suspected this given our understanding of longevity. But the fact is, there were 20 percent more women than men aged 65 or older. And, the older we get, the more acutely that fact is reflected. In Canada, there are two women for every man older than 85!
Compared to other countries like the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan, Canada's seniors make up a lower share of the population than every country but the USA.
Percentage of population aged 65 plus
Canadians aged 85 or older
The age group that has grew by 20% in the past 5 years)
Number of Canadian of 85-year-olds living in collective dwellings such as nursing homes, long-term care, and seniors residences
Number of Canadians over the age of 100
2 to 1
Ratio of women to men aged 85 and older
This 5-year period registered Canada's largest increase in the proportion of seniors since Confederation.