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Seniors Make Up About 20% of the Population In Both Olds & Sundre

Friday, June 1st 2012 07:00

Numbers from Stats Canada show 19.2% of the population in Olds is over the age of 65 while 21.8% of the residents in Sundre are seniors. Both totals are well above the national average of 14.8%.

An increasing number of Canadians are nearing retirement age, according to new figures recently released by Statistics Canada.

The 2011 census shows that Canadians age 65 & older make up 14.8% of the population.

While Alberta has the lowest proportion on seniors, at 11.1%, many local communities are well above the national average.

Seniors make up 19.2% of the population in Olds; in Sundre the number has risen to 21.8%.

Olds CAO Norm McInnis reflects on why so many retirees have settled in local communities.

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McInnis doesn't feel there's anything alarming in the figures.

He believes the new long-term care centre being built in the town of Olds will take care of any immediate needs for local seniors.

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The census also showed that for the first time in 50 years, the number of children under the age of 4 has increased in all provinces & territories.

Alberta had the largest increase at 20.9%. 



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