Apr 11, 2014

By Andy Johnson

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As Canada’s population continues to age, the field of geriatric medicine, is going to take on greater significance. As a result, the University of Toronto will be celebrating it’s largest single donation April 14th. The Retired Teachers of Ontario’s landmark $2.5-million gift helps established the Chair in Geriatric Medicine at U of T aimed at improving education and research in care for our seniors. In 2011, census data showed that for the first time there were more people in Canada aged 55 to 64 than aged 15 to 24. It’s anticipated that over the next 25 years, the seniors group will double to 10.4 million, meaning seniors will account for over a quarter of the country’s population. At the moment, there is on geriatrician practicing for every 20,000 people aged 65 and older.

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