Chapter 16 – Couples and Family
An Aging Population
Three trends are working to push up the average age of Canadians:
The aging of the baby boomer generation
The low birth rate
Advances in medical technology
What Does an Aging Population Mean?
Dependency Ratio: a way of comparing dependents, such as children or retired
seniors, to providers who are in the workforce
The need for age-related services will increase.
The cost will partly offset by reduced spending in areas such as education
because of the smaller percentage of children in the population
Some suggest that modifying immigration policies to attract younger