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Senior Care Could Overwhelm Healthcare Systems


Long-term senior care is not an immediate priority for national agendas and has the potential to overwhelm the healthcare systems of many countries, including Canada, says KPMG's global healthcare practice report. ‘An Uncertain Age: Re-imagining Long-term Care in the 21st Century’ shows that diverse approaches are urgently needed to address the pending surge in demand. Healthcare delivery models need to change, while resource challenges, including low availability of long-term elderly care services and a dwindling healthcare workforce, must be addressed before the healthcare system reaches a critical level. The OECD (Organizations for Economic Cooperation and Development) says the number of citizens world-wide aged 60 and above will more than double to two billion from 2012 to 2050. The number of Canadian seniors ages 65 to 79 is expected to rise from almost 15 per cent in 2009 to more than 25 per cent in 2050 while those 80 years and older will grow from around five per cent to a little over 10 per cent in the same period of time. However, countries aren't moving fast enough to respond to the specialized care needed for an aging population.

Courtesy of Benefits and Pensions Monitor website News Alerts


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