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revised July 26, 2007

Seniors' Health Report 2006

Arrow BulletPeel’s Seniors

  • Peel SeniorThe number of seniors in Peel is projected to increase from approximately 78,800 in 2001 to 213,500 by 2021 (8% to 13%). The proportion of seniors in Ontario is projected to increase from 13% to 18% during the same time period.

  • In 2001, life expectancy at age 65 was 18.4 years and 17.1 years respectively for males and 20.9 years and 20.3 years respectively for females in Peel and Ontario.

  • In 2000, Peel’s senior population as a whole had a somewhat higher prevalence of low income compared to the general population (12% for general population, 13% for seniors aged 65 to 74 years, and 19% for seniors aged 75 years and older).

  • In 2000, unattached female seniors were particularly vulnerable to low income in Peel and Ontario. The prevalence of low income among unattached female seniors in Peel was 50% compared to 35% for unattached male seniors.

  • Only 6% of Peel seniors immigrated to Canada between 1996 and 2001.

  • Twenty-nine per cent of Peel seniors reported speaking a non-official language at home in 2001. Punjabi, Italian and Portuguese were the three most common languages spoken by Peel seniors at home.

  • Seniors tended to have less formal education than the general population. In 2001, the proportion of seniors who reported having less than a high school education (54%) was much higher compared to the general population aged 20 years and older (19%).

  • The proportion of seniors living alone increased by age group for both women and men living in Peel, although the proportion was much higher among women

Peel’s Seniors (PDF 23 pages, 710KB)

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