“There is a lot of rhetoric around aging and its impact on healthcare, but the doom and gloom prophesies of a healthcare system facing crisis due to an aging population may not necessarily be the case,” thinks Professor Holly Tuokko, the Director for the Centre on Aging at the University of Victoria. “Evidence shows that seniors of today are not the seniors of yesterday. People are aging healthier.” And studies are beginning to show that.
With a longer lifespan and healthier lifestyle, more people than ever are living into their centennial years. And with the elimination of mandatory retirement, people are working longer. When they do retire, seniors stay involved in their community, maybe picking up a new career, helping their families, volunteering or working part-time.
One of the important studies Professor Tuokko and the Centre is involved with is the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging – an enormous study involving over 50,000 persons, in which information is collected on the changing biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and economic aspects of people’s lives. The hope is that the forthcoming results of this study will not only lead to new government policies but also to new attitudes within society….