Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton. Watch for these in each issue of Legacy in Action, and in the full issue of Vital Signs that will be released in October of this year.

This edition focuses on Senior Women in Edmonton.

SENIOR OR “SENIOR CITIZEN” In Canada, there is no set age at which a person is considered a senior. Many government benefits begin at 60 or 65 years of age. However, senior discounts often start at 55.

For the purposes of this report, 65+ will denote a senior, and an older adult will refer to those aged 55 to 64, octogenarian will refer to those 80+.

AGEISM is the stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people on the basis of their age.

ELDER ABUSE is any action or inaction by self or others that jeopardize the health and wellbeing of an older adult.

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