Today, at least in my part of the world - I need to qualify that for my "far-side-of-the-world" bloggers - ;) - is National Seniors Day (http://www.seniors.gc.ca/eng/pie/nsd/). It is a day to appreciate and celebrate seniors (or 'older adults'), and taking a look at issues such as housing and health issues that impact their lives.
With the baby boomer generation, those born between the years 1947-1966, we are seeing a lot more seniors in our communities. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_boomers for more information.
In parts of Vancouver and North Vancouver where I work and live respectively, the number one population are older single females, age 55 and over, i.e., 55 considered the age of a 'young senior' as I will be next year. In the West End, the downtown core of Vancouver, BC, over 50% of residents are women, most of them are seniors and live alone.
More and more seniors are not only living alone, they also spent a big chunk of their income just on housing alone. In fact, there are more seniors who are homeless than ever before, even in our wealthiest of suburbs, West Vancouver.
I find this an extremely sad situation, for probably most of those seniors have worked hard all their livings raising families and/or working, only to find that they aren't being supported financially.
Vancouver is known to be an expensive city to live in with housing costs and rents easily taking up about half a paycheck or more. And yet, they expect people to pay 1/3 of their income on housing!
And this is only one, though a major issue, that they have to deal with.
Do you know a senior in your family and/or community? Are they supported by society?
P.S. I am writing this coming back from a work-related event where I heard two or three stories of seniors who were homeless. So sad indeed.