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Contesting aging and loss  
http://www.utppublishing.com/Contesting-Aging-and-Loss.html?page=1

A book that discusses how the stereotyping of older people as being “in decline” is a more serious problem than many other problems. Advocates for programs that address the social determinants of healthy aging and social inclusion throughout our lives. (209 p.)

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Published: 2010
Canada’s aging population  
http://origin.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/publications/public/various-varies/papier-fed-paper/index-eng.php

A report prepared by Health Canada in collaboration with the Interdepartmental Committee on Aging and Seniors Issues. Describes the major health issues to address in Canada as the number and proportion of seniors increase in coming years.

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Published: 2008
Medication use among senior Canadians  
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2009001/article/10801-eng.pdf

Examines medication use among the elderly using both sex and age disaggregated data, finding that older women are more likely than older men to use medication.

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Published: 2009
Social isolation among seniors: an emerging issue  
http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2004/Social_Isolation_Among_Seniors.pdf

Study that says it may be misleading to view gender as a risk factor for social isolation among older people, and suggests that the stigma associated with loneliness is stronger for men and may result in them being less likely to report feeling lonely than women.

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Published: 2004
SeniorsBC  
http://www.seniorsbc.ca/

Website operated by the British Columbia Seniors' Healthy Living Secretariat that provides information about government programs and services for older adults. Included on the website are sections on health care, finances, benefits, housing, transportation and more.

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Dementia among seniors   
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=82-003-X19960022826&lang=eng

Study that finds the total expectation of life for women is 26% greater than that for men, but women's expectations of life with dementia and of life in institutions are more than twice the corresponding expectations for men.

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Published: 1996
Guidelines for comprehensive mental health services for older adults in Canada  
http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/Pages/MHCC_Seniors_Guidelines.aspx

Presents a model for a comprehensive, integrated mental health service system for older Canadians, as well as service benchmarks to provide concrete reference points for planning purposes. The model and benchmarks are considered within the context of guiding values and principles important to Canadian seniors, as well as key concepts such as mental health prevention, promotion, and recovery.  Intended to support policy makers, service planners, and advocacy organizations working to ensure that older Canadians (both those living with a mental health problem or illness and those at risk of developing one) receive the range of supports they need.

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Published: 2011
Caring for seniors with Alzheimer`s disease and other forms of dementia  
https://secure.cihi.ca/estore/productFamily.htm?pf=PFC1534&locale=en&lang=EN&mediatype=0

Study of 130,000 seniors (age 65 and older) who received publicly funded long-term home care in 2007–2008 including many with complex health conditions. Found that, in 2007-2008, one in five seniors (20%) receiving long-term home care had a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. Nearly one in six (17%) of these clients with dementia were suffering from moderate to severe impairment in cognition and daily functioning yet still managed to remain at home.

Also found that one in six (17%) seniors with dementia living in residential care facilities (such as nursing or long-term care homes) in 2008-2009 had relatively low levels of impairment or could still perform basic functions quite well on their own. The odds of a senior with low impairment being placed in residential care were seven times more likely if the senior had a tendency to wander. Marital status was also a factor in determining whether a senior with low impairment was newly admitted to a care facility rather than at home with home care.

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Published: 2010
Health care in Canada, 2011: a focus on seniors and aging  
http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/internet/en/Document/health+system+performance/quality+of+care+and+outcomes/RELEASE_01DEC11

Discusses how, as the baby boom generation begins to turn 65 in 2011, the aging of Canada's population will accelerate, and the health care system will need to adapt to meet the future needs of a growing senior population. Shows striking differences between women and men. Notes, "Most seniors are women, especially among the older age groups. For example, women accounted for 52% of seniors age 65 to 74 and 60% of seniors age 75 and older in 2010. Women will continue to outnumber men into the future; however, this gender split will become more even as the age gap in life expectancy narrows for men and women."

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Published: 2011
There was an old woman ...  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1986_Healthsharing_Vol_7_No_4_Fall.pdf

This article explores the housing needs of seniors, who are predominantly women, and illustrates some new and traditional housing options designed specifically for seniors.  Introduces the term Granny Flat. 

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Published: 1986