Seniors in Ontario
The demographic profile of Ontario is one of an aging society. The number of people aged 75 and over is projected to rise from 865,000 in 2010 to almost 2.2 million by 2036. The 90+ group will more than triple in size, from 79,000 to 291,000. Projections indicate that in twenty years, 10.6 per cent of the population will be over 75 years old. [Ontario Ministry of Finance]
Seniors ‘At Risk’ for Loss of Independence
Seniors, as a group, are healthier and more active; and the seniors of the future are predicted to be amongst the healthiest in history. However, a consequence of aging is that the likelihood of developing chronic conditions and long term illness increases can compromise the prospect of independence.
Most, if not all people, wish to remain independent during their older years. Successful aging requires a holistic approach – avoiding disease and disability; maintaining cognitive ability; and engaging with life. One of the most significant and least desirable outcomes for a community dwelling senior is to be prematurely institutionalized because of the lack of home and community care based health and social support options.
96% of respondents in Ontario are more likely to agree that Canada needs a national seniors’ health care strategy.
Ipsos Reid 2014. CMA National Report on Health Care: Seniors Health Issues and the Impact of an Ageing Population
Growing numbers of community‐dwelling seniors are ‘at risk’ for loss of independence because they need more help than is currently available in the health care system to age at home. Investment in supportive care to enable optimum functioning for individuals at the ‘fringe’ of admission to a care facility can help to tip the balance of care to the community thereby avoiding the often rapid dependence on others which arises out of care in other settings. Ontario’s provincial home care program is vital to supporting the publicly insured system by enabling early discharge of patients from hospitals and providing an alternative to long-term care homes. For the overwhelming majority who prefer to remain in their community, home care is both cost effective and care effective.
Seniors and Home Care
Too many Ontarians continue to seek primary health care in hospital emergency departments and too many hospital beds are used to care for non-acutely ill people who could be at home with supports. The system must change to help these people get more appropriate care through a well resourced and well-coordinated home care system that is integrated with the broader health sector.
Seniors' Month 2017: Living Your Best Life
June 2017 marks the 33rd annual Seniors’ Month in Ontario. This year’s theme is "Living Your Best Life". Statement from Home Care Ontario: Celebrating Seniors in Ontario.
June 26, 2017 Ontario to Recognize Outstanding Age-Friendly Communities. Nominations will open in the fall.