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Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region Weighs in on Seniors Outnumbering Children in Canada

Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region, the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is addressing the current reality of Canada’s aging population.

— Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region (, the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is weighs in on a report stating that number of seniors outnumber children in Canada.

According to Statistics Canada, for the first time in its history, Canada has reached the milestone of having its senior population outnumber that of its children. (Source: Andrew-Gee, E., “Canada shows its age as seniors outnumber children for the first time,” The Globe and Mail web site September 29, 2015

“This is an important time in history and one in which we must understand its repercussions,” says Brian Shevel, President of Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region. “The senior population isn’t just growing, it has already grown and will continue to grow over the next decade and longer. The medical community in Canada needs to put into practice legislation that gives these seniors the help they need to live independent, comfortable lives.”

Precisely 16.1% of the Canadian population are now 65 years of age or older, while 16% are ages 14 or younger. Shevel points out there’s both positives and negatives to take away from this age shift in population.

“On the plus side, this generation is reported to be in the best shape and have the most income of any other generation entering their senior years,” Shevel continues. “On the other side of the equation, we’re also seeing a rise in dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.”

In recent years, the pressure has been on the Canadian government to address the concerns faced by the growing population of seniors, with many sources claiming the government isn’t doing enough to assist the aging population.

“Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region has always extended itself to do its part to assist seniors,” concludes Shevel. “We offer respite care to help family caregivers, or long term and short term home care, including having our caregivers knowledgeable in handling seniors with Alzheimer’s.”

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Brian Shevel

I was born in South Africa in a city called Bloemfontein. Went to Christian Brothers College (CBC) finished High school there. I went into business with my father we had a wholesale selling cloths and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. Was a past president of Bnai Brith and served on many other committees. In Canada worked in the computer software industry selling construction software. I was always involved helping the elderly as my mother was very involved and I went along with her. Also looked after my father as he aged. Helped as a volunteer with seniors. Add me to your G+