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revised July 26, 2007

Seniors' Health Report 2006

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  • In the 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey, two-thirds of seniors in Peel and Ontario rated their mental health as excellent or very good (65%).

  • In 2001, the prevalence of depression was estimated to be approximately 5% among Canadian seniors and 6% among Ontario seniors. The rates of depression were higher among females (7%) compared to males (4%).

  • Hospitalization rates for Alzheimer’s disease increased between 1995 and 2002 among seniors in both Peel and Ontario. In 2003, hospitalization rates for Alzheimer’s disease in Peel increased by age group for males and peaked for females 75 to 84 years of age.

  • There was a general increase in the mortality rates for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease among seniors in both Peel and Ontario from 1986 to 2001. In 2001, the mortality rates for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease increased by age group in Peel.

  • Very few seniors contemplated suicide. The mortality rate for suicide among seniors decreased in both Peel and Ontario between 1986 and 2001.

Mental Health (PDF 17 pages, 546KB)

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