Prevalence of Chronic Diseases and Risk Factors among Canadians aged 65 years and older

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73% of individuals aged 65+ years have at least 1 of 10 common chronic diseasesFootnote 1

Prevalence of the most common chronic diseases and conditions:

Prevalence of common behavioural risk factors:

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Prevalence data are from the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System 2016–2017, except where noted:
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The ten selected chronic conditions described include heart disease, stroke, cancer [ever had], asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer disease or other dementia, mood and anxiety disorders. Data are self-reported from the Canadian Community Health Survey 2017–2018.

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Footnote 2

Canadian Health Measures Survey 2007–2009 (ages 65–79 years).

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Footnote 3

Canadian Community Health Survey 2017–2018.

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Footnote 4

Canadian Community Health Survey 2015–2016.

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Footnote 5

Canadian Health Measures Survey 2007–2015 (ages 65–79 years).

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Abbreviations: BMI = body mass index; COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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