This edition of Community Dispatch presents the highlights of the Council's recent report: Growing Old in Burlington: A report on seniors trends and issues. This report was requested by the United Way of Burlington, Hamilton-Wentworth.
The purpose of this report is to provide the community with a profile of Burlington seniors (persons aged 65 years of age and over) along with an overview of the issues that affect this group of people. The report outlines factors that seniors face that affect the quality of their lives and their participation in the Burlington community. The report is based on traditional social-economic indicators as well as information from study participants. The aim of the report is to inform discussion on the issues affecting this important segment of Burlington's population.
Similar to the rest of Canada, the population in Halton is aging. The senior population is expected to increase more than any other age category over the next two decades. A Health Canada 2002 report, Canada's Aging Population, states:
- "Seniors constitute the fastest growing population group in Canada.
- In 2001, it was estimated that 3.92 million Canadians were 65 years of age or older, a figure that is two thirds more than in 1981.
- During the same period, the overall Canadian population increased by only one quarter.
- The proportion of seniors in the overall population has gone from one in twenty in 1921, to one in eight in 2001.
- In fact, the growth of the seniors' population will account for close to half of the growth of the overall Canadian population in the next four decades." (Health Canada, Canada's Aging Population, 2002, p. 3)
The Ministry of Finance report Ontario Population Predictions 1999-2028 predicts that by 2028, the number of Halton residents who are 65 or older is expected to increase 186.3% to 128,170 persons.
It is expected that 17.5% of Halton's population will be within this age group by 2021, increasing to 19.9% by 2028.
According to Statistics Canada 2001 Census data:
According to Statistics Canada 1996 Census data:
The Low Income cut offs (LICO's) are published by Statistics Canada. Persons and families living below these income levels are considered to be living in "straitened circumstances". There are different LICO's according to family size and size of community. They are more popularly known as Canada's poverty lines. Using the most recent 2001 figures, the LICO for a single person in Burlington is $16,160.
Interviews explored through the experience of selected individuals the condition of seniors in the community, the important issues they face and, particularly, how conditions may have changed for this population over the past 5 years.
Over the past five years, studies and research have identified areas of concern that affect the lives of seniors. Interviewees were asked to comment on these areas and indicate if they believe that they continue to be areas of concern.
For a print copy of Growing Old in Burlington: A Report on Seniors Trends and Issues, please contact the Council.
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