This year, for National Physiotherapy Month, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association has suggested focusing on healthy aging as a topic. They have several great fact sheets and other tools that I'll be posting throughout May. I'll add in some of my own as well. Theme month!
Some points to consider:
By 2035, approximately 1 in 4 Canadians will be over 65 years of age. (Statistics Canada)
While Canadians older than age 65 currently account for less than 15 per cent of the population, they consume 45 per cent of provincial and territorial government health care dollars. (CIHI, 2014)
Our system was created over half a century ago to meet the needs of a much younger population, and we have not adapted to meet the growing number of aging Canadians. (Canadian Medical Association)
Just 18% of Canadians believe that hospital and long-term care homes will be able to meet the needs of the aging population, and only 20% think there will be enough trained staff to provide adequate care. (Canadian Alliance for Long-Term Care)