Baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1960, are now retiring in massive numbers. In 2013 the fraction of our population who were retired was 15%. It’s growing. Statistics Canada predicts that by 2030 the percentage of our population 65 or older will be 25 %. Not all will be able to retire. One could describe it as a tsunami of need.
The statistics in Chart 1 might not be new to you, but what we are discovering in studies across several countries, is the growing loneliness and health problems that result.