The Province newspaper has started a fantastic 14-part series on the ageing Lower Mainland population. One of the articles included in the weekend edition of this series was titled “Demographic shift could challenge B.C. more than any other province” and included this quote from NDP MLA Mike Farnworth:
“Over the next 10 years the population of seniors will increase significantly, depending on the age cohort,” Farnworth said. “From 60 to 64, the population will increase by 29 percent. From 65 to 69, the population will have grown by 52 percent. The age group of 70 to 74 will have grown by 65 percent. The age group of 75 to 79 will have grown by 79 percent, and the increase of people over 90 will have grown by 63 percent.” (Source)
These elderly British Columbians will require a significant increase in health care resources. Sprott Shaw has college programs starting monthly for Health Care Assistant (formerly known as Residential Care Aide), Practical Nursing and more. The article concludes:
“…[A] person in the 65-to-69-year-old age group uses more than twice the health care services of someone in the 45-to-49-year-old age group. A person who is 75 uses twice the health care of someone who is 65, and an 85-year-old uses twice the health-care services, on average, of someone who is 75 years old. That tells you that we have some significant challenges.” (Source)
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