If you thought Canada’s population was aging then you’d be right. It is aging so much that numbers released on Tuesday from Statistics Canada show that for the first time in the history of the country there are more seniors than there are kids 14 and younger.
The statistics show that 16 percent of Canadians are 14 and under while 16.1 percent of the country’s citizens are 65 or older; the numbers are reflective of the Canadian population as of July 1 of this year. It has long been trending in this direction in Canada and it is expected the population will continue to age, as is happening in many other Western nations.
Of the G7 nations, only the U.S., where but 15 percent of the population is 65 or older, is younger than Canada. In Japan, over one-quarter, 26 percent, of the nation’s population is 65 or older.
Common problems associated with having an aged population include transportation and health-care. The rate of diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other dementia, and heart disease, among other illnesses, increase as humans age.
The Globe and Mail reports that Canada’s population is aging four times as fast as its overall population and that due to advances in medicine by 2036 about 40 percent of Canadians will live into their 90s.