2.0 NWT SENIOR LITERACY NEEDS
Source: Bureau of Statistics. Population Estimates. Community and Age. 2003
Compared to growth trends anticipated for the NWT, Yellowknife’s seniors population is expected to grow at a much faster rate (92%) than in other communities. In Fort Resolution, the seniors population is expected to decline over the next decade. (Table 3)
The vast majority of seniors, especially those 65 years and over, live independently. More seniors in NWT over 65 live alone than adults 55 to 64. (NWT Health and Social Services, 2003). Housing Association personnel suggest that a small percentage of seniors live in seniors housing, nursing homes or long term care facilities. Many seniors not living independently, live with a younger family member such as a grandchild.
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