A+ A A-

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.


Related Articles

  • Emotional Well Being

    Emotional Well Being Emotional Health and Heart Health Linked The happier and less stressed you are the more likely you are to avoid heart disease. It's all about a good…   more ]
  • Aging: What To Expect As You Get Older

    Looked in the mirror lately only to find a few more wrinkles and gray hairs? Those are just a few of the changes you're likely to notice as you get…   more ]
  • Alzheimer's Disease: Living On Your Own

    Many people with Alzheimer's disease continue to live successfully on their own for some time.  Here are some ideas to help you: Speak to your doctor or about assistance with…   more ]
  • Emotional Health

    The happier and less stressed you are the more likely you are to avoid heart disease. It's all about a good physical, emotional and intellectual balance. Medically it can be…   more ]
  • Health and Wellness

    We at the Care Guide strive to inform you about health and wellness.  Just the basic common sense stuff mind you. It’s really not rocket science. One of the biggest…   more ]
  • Optimizing Management of an Overactive Bladder in Long Term Care

    Optimizing Management of an Overactive Bladder in Long Term Care. Urinary incontinence (UI) is any involuntary leakage of urine.   It can cause embarrassment, social isolation and transition from community living…   more ]