June is Seniors’ Month

We’ve heard for years about the impact of the baby boom generation. In Canada,the boom years spanned from 1946 to 1965.

During those 20 years more than 8 million babies were born–an average of more than 400 thousand per year. To put that in perspective there were 377 thousand births in 2008, when Canada’s population was double that of the boom years.

The baby boom generation has driven almost every major change in our society from food to fashion to entertainment. Now, as many of those people retire, or at least start to think about it, they will continue to have a big impact.

Census numbers from 2016 indicate 2.3 million people over the age of 65 live in Ontario.  By 2041 that total will double to 4.6 million, making up 25 per cent of the province’s population. Life expectancy has risen dramatically in Canada over the last 50 years.

Many of them will continue to work. A Vanier Institute study suggests almost half of all people expect to continue working past the age  of 65. (That same survey says the average retirement age has increased to almost 64)

Health and finances are the major concerns for people of any age, but those issues are magnified for seniors.

The effect of demographics on every aspect of public and social policy is remarkable. Our local communities in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo are all working to become more age friendly.

United Way Waterloo Region Communities invests in many networks and programs which help people of all ages.  That includes the 2-1-1 information network which offers an easy path to discover information about the myriad of programs for seniors in any area. If you’re not sure where to start looking for help for yourself, or a senior in your life 211 is an ideal launching point.

You can click here to see a list of the agencies we fund, and the networks to which we belong.