Canada, as in other countries, has an aging population. The media have reported on an impending greying population that will change society and put a real strain on the health care system. However, this is not so much the case as the facts don’t point to any impending doom at all.
While it is true that the Canadian population is getting older, the authors argue that the numbers are manageable. Rather than calling for crisis measures, these changing demographics are a reason to develop improved integrated systems of care. Also, prevention of disease should become a real option for people of all ages.
In this accessible and balanced overview, the authors explore how our health, and health care needs transform as we age. They consider how care is currently provided through formal and informal networks and how going forward Canada’s aging population can be sustainably managed with efficiency, dignity and respect.
I love this book because it gives me the comfort to realize that we are not in a state of health care crisis in Canada. The facts speak to a very different reality. Since I am a baby boomer myself, I have been more than worried about the state of Canadian health care. So, if feel much more at ease now.
Thank you Professor Chappell and Mr. Hollander for your expert advice and scholarship on this very important topic.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth