The Rural Ontario Institute's highlights for the July Focus are:

  • Different regions have different patterns of aging. Some show a faster increase in the number of seniors and some show a faster increase in the senior dependency ratio (i.e. the number of seniors per person in the working age population),
  • Only four of the 27 non-metro census divisions show growth above the provincial average in both dimensions of aging.


Among the conclusions stand:

  • There are two important dimensions of an aging community – the growth in the number of seniors and the growth in the senior dependency ratio,
  • Many regions have a higher growth in one dimension and a lower growth in the other dimension,
  • These different patterns have different implications on policies related to services for seniors. 

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