Senior citizens are an important part of the societal fabric of Canada; they also have a vital role in Canada’s disability community. Most people would agree that senior citizens often have disabilities that are specific to their age group. This week Disability Living will be discussing the disabilities that affect elderly individuals and senior citizens in Canada.
The number of senior citizens in Canada is growing.
Senior citizens make up a considerable percentage of the population of Canada. Over the past years, the number of seniors in Canada has risen. For example, in 2007, 13 percent of the Canadian population was comprised of people over age 65. Contrast that with just 8 percent of the population being that same age in 1972.
It’s clear with statistics like these that the percentage of senior citizens in Canada is growing. In fact, by year 2056 it is estimated that seniors will make up 27 percent of the population of Canada.
As the number of seniors in Canada rises, so should the understanding of the specific issues that affect them.
Why? To promote awareness of the issues. People with disabilities often are misunderstood by society — especially people who are senior citizens or are elderly. All too often, such individuals, particularly the very elderly, are forgotten or “brushed aside,” but it does not need to be like this. People who are older still have much to contribute to their community and their world. That’s why Disability Living is writing blog posts especially for this age group this week.
A few blog topics Disability Living will feature this week include:
– Staying independent as long as possible
– Disabilities that affect the elderly or senior citizens (arthritis, Alzheimer’s, mobility-related disabilities, and difficulties dressing)
– Seniors and war-related disabilities
– Financial programs designed to help seniors
– Quick tips for staying physically fit and mobile
– Preventing Alzheimer’s disease
Are you a senior citizen living in Canada?
If so, what topics would you like to read about? Leave a comment on this post and let us know — we love to write about the topics that interest you most!
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Let’s Talk About It
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Do you feel seniors are respected for the most part in Canada? Why or why not?