Canadian Longitudinal Study In Aging – First Report Keys On Mental Health, Caregiving, Driving

Ottawa/Fraser Valley – As the baby boomers continue to take over the world, or at least Canada, and the health care system, this study should not be a surprise. Rather, a confirmation t=of what challenges exhist and the lack of resources to keep up.

I am a little biased here, as I am 58, at the tail end of the “Boomer Generation”. As a self employed Journalist,Broadcaster and Media Owner with just basic health care coverage , I know I am not alone with these concerns.

My 90 year old father still drives his car and owns his own home. He is in the minority (it seems) – Don Lehn FVN.

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), Canada’s largest and most comprehensive study on the health and well-being of the country’s aging population, today released The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging Report on Health and Aging in Canada: Findings from Baseline Data Collection 2010-2015. The report presents key findings on a range of physical, mental and social aspects of aging based on data from the CLSA’s 50,000 participants, who were between the ages of 45 and 85 when they were recruited into the study.

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) Report on Health and Aging in Canada tells us that:

  • 95% of older Canadians rate their own mental health as excellent, very good or good
  • Women are more likely than men to express feelings of loneliness and social isolation, and that there is a notable correlation between feelings of loneliness and the prevalence of depression among older Canadians
  • 44% of older Canadians report that they provide some level of care to others, and caregiving rates are at their highest (almost 50%) among individuals aged 55-64
  • Driving a motor vehicle is the most common form of transportation for older Canadians regardless of age, sex, geographic location, health or functional status

The full report highlights insights related to: physical and psychological health, loneliness and social isolation, caregiving and care receiving, transportation and mobility, work and retirement, physical function, disability and falls, lesbian, gay and bisexual aging, and lifestyle and behaviour, among others.

To access The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) Report on Health and Aging in Canada, visit: www.clsa-elcv.ca/CLSAReport

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