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Losing touch with our 4th age

  • Kelsey Dynes
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  • Jan 4, 2018
Losing touch with our 4th age

Photo by Val Vesa on Unsplash

Right now, Canada is seeing some of the highest numbers of older adults in the country's history. As of 2015, Statistics Canada reported that there were more people aged 65 years and older than children aged 0 to 14 – for the first time ever.

In a blog for the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation, Western University student Kelsey Dynes calls for gerontologists to pay particular attention to the transition from the 3rd age to the 4th, or from the "youngest old" (aged 60-79) to the “oldest old” (aged 80-85+).

"To advocate for better quality of living for our 4th age, there needs to be a shift away from research focusing on how to extend the life expectancy of the older adult population, and more towards bettering the well-being and care for all people aged 65+," she writes.