The Good News About Aging

Canada has undertaken a $41 million study on aging which will follow more than 50,000
Canadians for at least the next two decades to get an idea of how our health evolves as we

Apparently our seniors are well – the first report of the study finds more than 90% of
participants aged 45-85 consider themselves healthy, even those 75 and older.
The study also follows other factors such as family income levels, retirement ages, home
ownership, caregiving, mobility, isolation and loneliness. Sadly, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men
over the age of 75 are socially isolated, highlighting our need as a community to reach out and
support our seniors.

By 2031 one in four Canadians will be 65 or older. This important study promises to yield
useful data to help our aging population in all areas of life. “If we stop looking at aging only in
terms of decline and dependency, we can capitalize on the positive aspects of aging and invest
in policies and programs that promote not only living long but also living well.”
It’s refreshing to get some good news.

Candace Hartman
The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)
Report on Health and Aging in Canada