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In almost every developed country, the proportion of people aged 60 years and older is growing faster than any other age group as a result of both longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates. This demographic shift presents new healthcare challenges.

In 2015 the number of Canadian seniors outnumbered children under the age of 14 for the first time. Older Canadians use more healthcare services than younger Canadians and are more likely to have chronic conditions, which require more intensive healthcare services. Aging alone is not the greatest driver of growing healthcare spending, however age-specific healthcare utilization poses challenges that governments and healthcare organizations are working to address. Without changes in policy, care delivery, prevention or treatment, the economic implications of greater healthcare use among older Canadians could be considerable.

CFHI supports innovations that are improving healthcare for seniors and the frail elderly through many of our programs, including:

 

Resources

Read more about CFHI’s impact on healthcare for older Canadians and the frail elderly

Learn more from past On Call Webinars

In addition see the following resources