In Alberta, like in the rest of Canada and the world, our
population is getting older. A little more than two years
ago, about 410,000 people in Alberta were 65 years old
and over. By 2031, when the last of the baby boomers
turn 65, our province will have some 920,000 seniors.
That means we’ll have more grandfathers, grandmothers,
great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers than ever
before. It also means families and caregivers will have
more elderly people to look after, an expected 20 per
cent of the population.
No other generation has ever had to meet the needs of so
many older adults. We’re all learning as we go.
What we’ve learned so far is:
• Healthy aging is a function of healthy living
• When you use your mind and body, you keep your
• Everyone has a purpose, even as ability changes
• You can always find a way to bring health into your life
• Seniors care equals family care
• No two seniors or families have the exact same needs
• Technology can help, but care depends on people
In the province, Alberta Health Services and contracted
providers currently operate more than 22,500 continuing
care spaces and deliver home care to another 108,855
people. We work with every one of them (and their
families) to ensure they receive the information and care
they need to be as healthy, active and independent as
they can be.
We’ve created this special insert to share our growing
body of knowledge about aging, seniors’ living and the
many publicly funded services and supports available to
Albertans as they grow older.
— Cheryl Knight
“No other generation has ever had to meet the needs of so many older
adults. We’re all learning as we go,” says Cheryl Knight of Alberta
Cheryl Knight is the executive director of Seniors Health, Primary and Community Care
for Alberta Health Services