Trends and characteristics affecting disability among older Canadians living in private households

Guillaume Lefrançois, Samuel Vézina, Janice Keefe, Jacques Légaré


As the first of the Boomers reach age 65 in 2011, it is of great interest to identify trends in disability to better predict future needs and resources within community care. This paper uses data from four national datasets to investigate trends in disability rates and examine socio-demographic characteristics associated with disability. Results show a decrease in the overall disability prevalence rate. However, no significant trend in levels of disability was identified for the period 1994/95–2000/01 when controlling for socio-demographic variables, suggesting stability in the probability of being disabled over time.


Disability, functional limitations, elderly, Canada

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