IT’S TIME FOR RITES OF PASSAGE, like applying for the old age pension and seniors’ discounts; like retiring from employment and having time to do the things I didn’t have time for before. But there are other sides to this new world which sometimes come as a surprise…
I AM ONE OF SIX MILLION CANADIANS, and one of 560,000 Albertans, over the age of 65. There are now more adults over 65 in Canada than there are children under 14.
But is being 65 even considered being that “old” anymore? We are told that 85 is now the new “old.” One in eight seniors (i.e. over 65) is actually aged 85 and older.
Getting old IS NOT FOR SISSIES
According to Statistics Canada, between 74 and 90 per cent of people over 65 suffer at least one chronic condition and nearly one quarter have multiple conditions. Forty percent of us will eventually need serious caregiving support as we face increasing impairments and chronic illness.