PETERS – Province’s mental health strategy ignores seniors

(Image: Govt of B.C.)

MEDICAL SCIENCE HAS DONE WONDERS to keep us alive longer.

As of 2011, Canadian life expectancy was 81.7 years. That means in less than a century, life expectancy increased by nearly 25 years. Amazing.

That increasing proficiency in staying alive is seen around the world, and a major reason why the world’s population is rapidly aging.

We are not dying as soon, and there is no corresponding baby boom to balance out the demographics.

And while we have made great advances in keeping our bodies alive and healthy, what we haven’t done very well is account for mental wellness.

The brain, how it works and why it breaks down, are still largely mysteries to us.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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