Aging in Brit Columbia: Burden or Benefit?by Herbert C. Northcott, Jane Milliken, P. Jane Milliken
British Columbia has acquired a reputation as a province that attracts seniors, and therefore, it is a common perception that there are a lot of seniors living in British Columbia. Another common view among Canadians is that the population aging trend constitutes a challenge, a problem, or even a crisis. Given these two perceptions, the trend toward a relatively high concentration of seniors is often judged in negative terms. The purpose of this book is to examine these two perceptions. The first is easily dealt with by reviewing current census statistics, which indicate that this belief is often in error. The second perception is not so easily dealt with. As with any social change or demographic trend, there are "winners" and "losers." As seniors become more predominant in the population, some will benefit more than others from this socio-demographic trend, and there will be some for whom this trend will be more costly. The latter chapters examine these concerns.
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