Canadian Institute for Health Information. (2011). Health Care in Canada, 2011: A Focus on Seniors and Aging. Ottawa, ON. Retrieved from http://www.cihi.ca/cihi-ext-portal/internet/en/document/health+system+performance/quality+of+care+and+outcomes/release_01dec11.
In 2011, the fi rst members of Canada’s baby boom generation will turn age 65.
It is predicted that as early as 2015, seniors (those age 65 and older) will
outnumber youth (those age 14 and younger). Concerns have been raised
that Canada’s health care system will be unable to meet the growing health
care needs of this aging population. Seniors are typically frequent users of
health care services, with the system spending more on them than on any
other segment of the population. Federal, provincial and territorial governments
have all recognized the importance of improving services for seniors. Making
any such improvements fi rst requires an understanding of this diverse and
complex population. Health Care in Canada, 2011: A Focus on Seniors and
Aging describes seniors’ specifi c needs and the particular ways in which this
population uses the health care system. From this perspective, the report
examines the impact of a growing seniors population on Canada’s health