Quick Facts About Seniors in British Columbia
- British Columbia is currently home to about 588,100 seniors. By the year 2031, the seniors' population will more than double to 1,303,000.
- British Columbia has one of the most rapidly aging populations in Canada -- the number of people over the age of 65 has been growing at an average rage of two percent over the last 10 years, almost twice the rate of the general B.C. population. Seniors currently make up 14 percent of the population of British Columbia; by 2031 seniors will make up 23 percent of the population.
- Most seniors report that their health is excellent, very good, or good.
- The life expectancy of British Columbians is the highest in the country. In 2004, life expectancy averaged 79 years of age for men, and 83 years of age for women. Seniors of the future will likely be even healthier than seniors of today with a lower prevalence of heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, and functional limitations than previous generations.
- About one-third of people 65 years of age and over participate in daily physical activity.
- About 60 percent of seniors maintain a household. Most seniors live in private households and in single, detached houses.
- Seniors make up nine percent of the total volunteer force but contribute 18 percent of all volunteer hours in British Columbia.
- About seven percent of people aged 65 and older were employed in 2004 compared to five percent 10 years ago so that even though more people are retiring earlier, at the same time more are continuing to work after 65. The age of retirement is less clear cut.
- One in four seniors aged 65 to 74 and one in ten over the age of 75 received employment income in 2002.
- In 10 years, visible minority seniors will increase from 13 percent to approximately 20 percent of the total seniors' population.
- One in five Internet users in British Columbia is 60 years of age or older, the highest rate in Canada.
`Statistical information comes from the following sources: Statistics Canada, BC Stats (2004); A Profile of Seniors in British Columbia, 2004, Ministry of Health publication.
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