One of the most significant life events for most of us is the loss of a spouse.
A significant factor in the need for senior housing with supports is dictated by the shorter life expectancy of males. Life expectancy in Canada is 77.2 years for males, 88.2 for females. As a result, a significant imbalance between men and women starts to become apparent after 65 and increases rather steeply with age, as evidenced by the following graph below:
With persons living alone, there arises the additional need for social and nutritional supports to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The loss of the spouse can result in social isolation, loneliness, a lack of proper nutrition and other health concerns.
In the past, that support was provided by the family. With changing family structure and attitudes that has both couples working and a generally busier lifestyle that support network has gradually decreased.