Expert Alert – Ever-climbing life expectancies

CIHR experts available to speak about health issues related to aging

Attention: Assignment editors, health, research and science reporters

For immediate release –


Ottawa, ON (January 7, 2013) – Is it possible that one in two babies born this year in Canada would reach their 100th anniversary? It's hard to predict, but some international researchers think it is1. One thing is sure, we live increasingly longer. In fact, Canadians can expect to reach approximately 81 years old today. However, the quality of life starts declining about 10 years before. With that in mind, what does living longer really mean? Are there tactics to ensure those added years are spent in a healthier way?

As life expectancy continues to rise, find out tips from CIHR-funded researchers on how to live up the bonus years.

What do centenarians have in common?
Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, CIHR-funded research (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Aging well: what's the secret to a healthy brain?
Dr. Laura Middleton, CIHR-funded researcher (Toronto, Ontario)

Successful aging: It's never too late to start exercising
Dr. Louis Bherer, CIHR-funded researcher (Montréal, Quebec)

How well are the baby boomers aging compared to older generations?
Dr. Elizabeth Badley, CIHR-funded researcher (Toronto, Ontario)
read article on Dr. Bradley's work

Advice for safe driving in older adults
Dr. Michel Bédard, CIHR-funded researcher (Thunder Bay, Ontario)

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CIHR Research Profiles – Older, Wiser, Healthier

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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David Coulombe
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Health-adjusted life expectancy 2005-2007

In Canada between 2005-2007, the life expectancy at birth of a man was of 78.3 years old, and 83 years old for woman. However, man could expect to have a good quality of life until 68.9 years old while woman could expect the same until 71.2.

Source: Adapted from Statistics Canada, CANSIM, table 102-0122

  1. Getting More out of Life [ PDF (300 KB) - external link ]
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