Most Canadian seniors want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Canadians are living longer and are increasingly reaching the age of 100. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of Canadian centenarians increased by almost 26%, the second highest increase of all age groups, after the 60 to 64 age group which increased by 29%. According to new data from the Office of the Chief Actuary (Government of Canada), the average life span for Canadians aged 65 and above, is 87 for men and 89 for women.
Aging in place means having access to services and the health and social supports you need to live safely and independently in your home or your community for as long as you wish or are able. If you are a near senior or senior who is thinking about aging in place, and would like to know more about what you may need to do to prepare for your later years, this booklet is for you.
This booklet includes a checklist to help you review your plan, if you have one, and to help you think about what you can do now to improve your life as you age. It is based on the experiences of people like you, who have shared their thoughts about planning and preparing for their older years.