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Council on Healthy Aging

The Challenge

Canada is facing demographic challenges driven largely by the transition of baby-boomers into their retirement years and the steady lengthening of life expectancy. By the year 2015, baby-boomers will be 50–65 years old—by 2035 the youngest boomers will largely have retired. By then, almost a quarter of the Canadian population will be seniors in need of a wide range of services and supports to help them enjoy a high quality of life and, in some cases, to continue to work productively.

Our Approach

The Conference Board is establishing the Council on Healthy Aging (CHA) to address this challenge. The CHA is a new Executive Network dedicated to exploring the health-related issues and opportunities arising from this demographic change. Many studies have identified the health challenges that await this cohort as they enter life’s next phase, assured of a longer life expectancy. Consequently, the Council will examine systems, organizations and approaches that can help create the conditions for healthy aging in Canada as the aged population grows rapidly.

Mission and Themes

The mission of the Council is to enable knowledge exchange between important stakeholders, provide networking opportunities between like-minded individuals, and to facilitate connections with leading experts in the field. Potential meeting themes will include, for example; health delivery and social care models, home care and alternative care, social inclusion, housing, bias and ageism, transportation, and end-of-life strategies.

Commentaries of Interest

Canadians Call on Governments to Support Eldercare Providers Financially
October 22, 2014

Canadians Search Through Different Pockets to Fund Health Care in Retirement
October 14, 2014

Dementia: Coming to a Workplace Near You
October 10, 2014

Senior Care in Canada: A Look Back and a Look Ahead
October 08, 2014

Health Costs in Retirement Shake the Confidence of Canadians
September 22, 2014


Shifting Needs in an Aging Society: We Are Where We Live

October 1, 2014 at 02:00 PM EDT
In this 60-minute interactive webinar featuring renowned Rollin Stanley will share his vision for a more senior friendly city within his own city (Calgary) and how other cities can go about providing better housing options for seniors who wish to remain in their communities when they downsize from their homes.

In this session, Rollin will speak to his belief that provincial and federal governments should take a page from the U.S. model, which allows municipalities to exercise greater authority over methods of generating revenue to fund new infrastructure projects and to pay for the upkeep on existing infrastructure.

About Rollin
Rollin Stanley has over 30 years of planning experience in the U.S. and Canada. He has worked in four major metro areas in North America, in urban, suburban and rural environments and distressed and booming urban areas. For The City of Calgary, he manages a portfolio including planning, development, permitting, inspections and property and business assessment.

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“Good health must lie at the core of any successful response to ageing. If we can ensure that people are living healthier as well as longer lives, the opportunities will be greater and the costs to society less.”

—Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General, World Health Organization