|Description | Specific Indicators | Corresponding Mandatory Objectives | Corresponding National Indicators | Data Sources | Survey Questions | Alternative Data Sources | Analysis Check List | Method of Calculation | Basic Categories | Indicator Comments | Definitions | Cross-References to Other Sections | References |
|Proportion of population in private households (non-institutionalized) aged 65+ by their living arrangements.|
- Living arrangements for seniors
Corresponding Mandatory Objectives
Corresponding National Indicators
Data Sources (see Resources: Data Sources)
Numerator & Denominator: Canadian Census
Original source: Statistics Canada
- Health Planning Branch, Ontario MOHLTC
- Statistics Canada
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[year] Census, Statistics Canada
Analysis Check List
Method of Calculation
number of people aged 65 years and over by living arrangement
total number of non-institutionalized persons 65+
- Living Arrangements: 1) Age 65+ living with relatives, 2) non-relatives, 3) alone.
- Geographic areas: health planning region, public health unit, district health council, census division, and census sub-division.
- Includes number of family persons aged 65+, number of non-family persons aged 65+ living with relatives, living with non-relatives and living alone.
- Family household is defined as a household that contains at least one census family, that is a married couple with or without never-married sons or daughters, or a couple living common law with or without never-married sons or daughters, or a lone parent living with one or more never-married sons or daughters (single parent family).
- Non-family household is defined as either one person living alone in a private dwelling or to a group of two or more people who share a private dwelling, but who do not constitute a census family.
- Private household refers to a group of persons (other than foreign residents) who occupy a private dwelling and do not have a usual place of residence outside of Canada. Private households include those living in economic families and unattached individuals. Economic families refers to a group to a group of two or more persons who live in the same dwelling and are related to each other by blood, marriage, common-law or adoption.
- The economic status of seniors who live alone is generally good. Most seniors prefer to remain independent unless constrained by their finances.
- This indicator is difficult to interpret without other determinants of health such as information about income and social support.
- Not all seniors living alone will be in good mental and physical health or have good social support and interaction.
Cross-References to Other Sections
- Statistics Canada. 2001 Census Dictionary. Ottawa, ON: Ministry of Industry, 2002. Available from: URL: http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/Products/Reference/dict/index.htm
- Seniors 75+: Living Arrangements and Lifestyles. Canadian Social Trends 1993 Autumn.
Date of Last Revision: May 23, 2006 .