18 Oct Insights on Canadian: Society Life Satisfaction Among Canadian Seniors
The 2016 General Social Survey on Canadians at Work and Home provides a recent assessment of the life satisfaction of seniors in Canada. It includes information on overall life satisfaction, as well as information on nine domains of life: standard of living; health; life achievements; personal relationships; feeling part of the community; time available to do things you like doing; quality of local environment; personal appearance; and feeling safe. The paper also explores the factors associated with life satisfaction and examines several measures of resilience among Canadian seniors.
- Seniors are more satisfied with their lives than those in younger age groups. Men and women in their 60s, 70s and 80s had higher average life satisfaction scores than men and women aged 20 to 59.
- Senior women had higher levels of life satisfaction than senior men. Furthermore, among seniors, life satisfaction levels increase with age.
- Of the nine domains of life examined in this study, seniors were most satisfied with their safety (with an average score of 8.4), the quality of their local environment (8.3) and their personal relationships (8.3). Seniors, however, were least satisfied with their own health (7.2).
- Family income was not significantly associated with life satisfaction among seniors. However, those who stated that their retirement income was insufficient had lower levels of life satisfaction.
- More than 8 in 10 seniors reported that they “always” or “often” had someone they could depend on to help when they really needed it. Seniors who were in this situation had higher levels of life satisfaction.
- In comparison with married seniors and those living common law, separated seniors were the least satisfied (7.5 versus 8.3). The average score for divorced seniors was also relatively lower (7.7). Similar results were found for both men and women.
(by Sharanjit Uppal and Athanase Barayandema from https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/75-006-x/2018001/article/54977-eng.htm#a6)