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Gerontologist. 2013 Feb;53(1):1-8. doi: 10.1093/geront/gns150. Epub 2012 Nov 29.

Aging in Canada: state of the art and science.

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School of Nursing, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 1700, Victoria, V8W 2Y2, Canada.


Canada shares many similarities with other industrialized countries around the world, including a rapidly aging population. What sets Canada uniquely apart is the collaborative approach that has been enacted in the health care system and the aging research initiatives. Canada has tremendous pride in its publicly funded health care system that guarantees universal coverage for health care services on the basis of need, rather than ability to pay. It is also distinguished as a multicultural society that is officially bilingual. Aging research has developed rapidly over the past decade. In particular, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging is one of the most comprehensive research platforms of its kind and is expected to change the landscape of aging research.

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