10.1.5 Life expectancy

The average life expectancy of Canadians is currently just over 80 years. However, life expectancy relies on genetic and environmental factors, your habits and behaviour, and many other factors, and it varies widely. When planning for retirement, consider the possibility of living longer than the average, and plan your finances accordingly.

Use the checklist below to see how some factors could affect your life expectancy.

My possible life expectancy

Answer Yes or No to each statement. These indicators tend to contribute to a longer, healthier life.
Yes No
My weight is within the range recommended for my height and frame.
I am physically active.
I don’t smoke.
I don’t drink, or drink moderately.
My blood pressure and cholesterol are within the recommended range for my age.
I am a safe driver.
I always wear my seatbelt.
I have a post-secondary education.
My family income is greater than $40,000 per year.

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