Get serious about older women’s health!

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While we live in a youth-obsessed culture, the average age of the population is rising in Canada, as it is in most countries of the world. Because of this trend, it is critical for us to understand the health of older people and how the health concerns of older women and men differ.

The numbers alone are telling: women outnumber men and this gap increases with age. Worldwide, there are some 123 women for every 100 men aged 60 and over, and the fastest growing group among older women is the oldest-old (age 80-plus).  The highest proportions of older women are in developed countries such as Canada. And while women outlive men overall, we tend to have worse health in our later years.

We know, too, that our roles as women affect our health as we age. For example, women overall are poorer than men, and we do far more of the caregiving. These social realities have serious health implications for us as we age.

To guide you through the current evidence on women, health and aging, CWHN has created a new primer that links to an array of high quality Canadian and international resources.  We have included resources that address not only specific illnesses of the elderly, but also the social and economic implications of aging.

Check out Aging, Women and Health.

This primer is one of a series covering such topics as housing, mental health, chronic disease, prescription drugs, and more.  Each primer briefly explains the topic, and offers online readings for a deeper grasp of the subject.  See all of our primers on women’s health.