Census says more seniors than children living in Canada

The recently-released Canadian Census results from 2016 are reporting that, for the first time in history, there are more Canadian seniors than children.

People aged 65 and older totaled 5.9 million; surpassing the 5.8 million children under age 14 living in Canada. Experts anticipate that this trend will continue, with the gap between the number of seniors and number of children increasing over the years.

Recognizing the growing demand to support our aging population, Toronto Rehab is pioneering health innovations to improve living, independence and care. Our Geriatric Program at Toronto Rehab’s University Centre is comprised of both rehabilitation and psychiatry services for adult patients over 65 and is leading the way in areas such as dialysis treatment in rehab, falls prevention and dementia care.

Our research program reaches beyond our walls to help people remain safely in their own homes and communities by developing new treatments, technologies and products to prevent injury, restore function and assist caregivers. AGE-WELL (Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life) is Canada’s technology and aging network, dedicated to the creation of technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. It is based at Toronto Rehab and led by Dr. Alex Mihailidis, who holds the Barbara G. Stymiest Chair in Rehabilitation Technology Research.

Toronto Rehab is home to the number one rehabilitation research centre in the world and is truly Where Incredible Happens. To ensure that the best proven rehabilitation research, technology and care are available to our patients and the community now and in the future, Toronto Rehab has launched a historic $100-million fundraising campaign. Learn more