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Benefits of Physical Activity

Regular physical activity adds vitality and quality to life. It positively affects functional capacity, mental health, fitness levels, the prevention and management of chronic diseases, and overall well-being.

The association between good health and leisure-time physical activity is particularly strong for seniors. Data from the Canadian Community Health Survey show that 67 percent of seniors who are active three or more times a week are in good health, compared to 36 percent who are infrequently active. Participating in regular physical activity is also associated with improved odds for staying healthy over time and for recovering from poor health (Shields and Martel, 2006).

Gleaned from "Physical Activity and Healthy Aging", Public Health Agency of Canada web site.

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Out of Pocket Spending on Prescriptions

Even though out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs represented the largest percentage of all out-of-pocket health care spending by seniors, it still represented, on average, only about 1.5% of seniors’ after tax income.

Source: Seniors in Canada, 2006 Report Card, National Advisory Council on Aging

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Population Projection

Statistics Canada said the number of senior citizens is projected to reach between 9.9 million and 10.9 million by 2036, more than double last year’s (2010) level of 4.7 million.

Source: CBC News, cbc.ca

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