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MASSAGE THERAPY FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

With the baby boomers getting older and with the use of ever changing technology and greater innovations in medicine and geriatric science,  seniors are not only enjoying longer lives but they are becoming more active than ever before.

Although a wonderful thing this translates into a baby boom generation where there are more older people in the general population.

National demographic studies tell us that nearly 40 million Americans  are currently 65 years of age or older and over 2,000 more reach age 65 every single day.

In Canada, Statscan reports that between 2011 and 2016, the number of people aged 85 and older grew by 19.4%, nearly four times the rate for the overall Canadian population, which grew by 5.0% during this period. As a result, over three-quarters of a million (770,780) people aged 85 and older were enumerated in the 2016 Census—a record high, and more than seven times the number enumerated in 1966. In 2016, people aged 85 and older represented 2.2% of the Canadian population. Japan is currently the country with the highest share of people aged 85 and older, with about 4.0% of its total population in this age group. ¹

In Canada, this population will likely continue to increase rapidly in coming decades because life expectancy is increasing and because the large baby boomer cohorts (people born between 1946 and 1965) will reach age 85 starting in 2031. By 2051, when the youngest baby boomers reach age 85, slightly less than 2.7 million people, or 5.7% of the population in Canada, will likely be aged 85 and older. In 2016, there were slightly fewer than two women for every man aged 85 and older. In 2001, this ratio was over two women for every man aged 85 and older. This decreasing trend over the last 15 years is mostly related to higher gains in life expectancy among men than women, which means that the gap in life expectancy between men and women is narrowing.²

To accommodate the ever grown demand for massage therapy among senior citizens, many massage therapists are choosing to expand their expertise by studying the art of age-specific massage therapy which is often referred to as seniors massage or geriatric massage. At Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage, we call it our “Baby Boomer” Massage.

References

  1. Stats Canada
  2. Stats Canada

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