Critical Numbers

Some statistics on living and becoming ill.

Canadians are living longer.
Age     Male     Female    Couple 
70 93% 96% 99%
80 71% 81% 94%
90 33% 44% 63%
95 16% 23% 36%

source: Annuity 2000 Mortality Table, Society of Actuaries.

Interesting Health Statistics

  • 60% of the 50,000 strokes that strike annually are suffered by women according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
  • Strokes affect women later than men: age 70 versus age 65.
  • Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of Canadians.
  • The Canadian Cancer Society estimates there will be 153,100 new cases of cancer diagnosed this year and 70,400 deaths.
  • More men than women will be diagnosed and die from cancer in 2006.
  • 38% of women and 44% of men will develop cancer during their lifetime.
  • The Alzheimer Society reports that women are twice as likely as men to suffer from Alzheimer’s.
  • The Arthritis Society reports that two-thirds of arthritis sufferers are women.
  • The Canadian Diabetes Society expects that the number of Canadians suffering from diabetes to rise from 2 million to 3 million by 2010.
  • More women than men are transferred to a chronic care facility after suffering a serious stroke.

Source: Kim Stanley, ADVOCIS FORUM December 2006.

Source: Empire Life, 2005.