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11 Aging

11 Aging - Chapter 11 Aging Out of Sight More people are...

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Chapter 11 Aging - Out of Sight More people are living longer than ever before How we grow old in today’s society depends on two factors: society’s assumptions about what it means to be old and our economic situation Does aging guarantee an improvement to “quality of life” for Canadian seniors? We often view aging citizens as a burden, frail, forgetful and dependent
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Analysis - How we view old people in Canada Separate - Old age is viewed as a particular period in ones’ life. Often aged are viewed as “problematic” Hidden - Their experience is not valued Dependent - Seen as being in need of help from others Useless - Seen as non contributing members of society
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The Golden Years Who is old in society? An Aboriginal Canadian was quoted as saying “At 75 or 80 you can still chop wood; when you can’t then you are old.” The Inuit have no word for “senior citizen” and the role of older members of their society perform “socially recognized work” for as long as they are able Elders viewed as possessing wisdom
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Who is Old? Each culture has their own interpretation Gender plays a part. Men often gain prestige as they age but double standard for women Most Canadians will spend 1/5 of their lives in retirement
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Definition The definition of “senior” according to the Oxford Canadian Dictionary = “an elderly person, especially a person over 65.” An “elderly” is “rather old; past middle age.”
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Statistics The number of seniors in Canada is projected to increase from 4.2 million to 9.8 million between 2005 and 2036 In 2005 women accounted for almost 75% of persons aged 90 + By 2056 seniors will represent 27% of the Canadian population In 2026 centenarians increased 22% from 2001 and up nearly 50% compared to 1996 The latest population projections state, centenarians could increase more than 14,100 by 2036 Statistics Canada – A Portrait of Seniors in Canada
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Phenomenon of “Retirement” Relatively recent phenomenon Compulsory retirement at age 65 has been eliminated in some provinces and challenged under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms Is it discriminatory to have compulsory retirement (ageism?) In a 1990 court judgement re: University of Guelph professor the court stated that “there is a general relationship between advancing age and declining ability.”
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What does retirement hold for seniors? For those with economic security retirement can
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