Mind Your Elders

Over the next 2 decades, Canadian scientists will collect and analyze samples from 50,000 people as they age, to figure out how to make the process easier for everyone else.

Canada, like every other developed nation, is going gray. Next year, the first baby boomers across Canada will celebrate their 65th birthdays. Seniors are Canada’s fastest-growing age group, and as the years go by, the country’s population will continue to get grayer. By 2015, Canada will for the first time in history have more seniors (65 and older) than youth (under 15). By 2031, one in every four Canadians will be 65 years or older. And thanks to one of the highest life expectancies in the world, by 2065 one in every 10 Canadians will be over 80 years old.

Despite the recognition that aging is a multifaceted process involving biological, social, economic, and environmental factors, scientists...

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