The Canadian elder standard - Pricing the cost of basic needs for the Canadian elderly

MacDonald, Bonnie-Jeanne and Andrews, Doug W. and Brown, Robert L. (2010) The Canadian elder standard - Pricing the cost of basic needs for the Canadian elderly. Canadian Journal on Aging, 29 (1). pp. 39-56. ISSN 0714-9808. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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We determined the after-tax income required to finance basic needs for Canadian elders living with different circumstances in terms of age, gender, city of residence, household size, homeowner or renter status, means of transportation, and health status. Using 2001 as our base year, we priced the typical expenses for food, shelter, medical, transportation, miscellaneous basic living items and home-based long-term care for elders living in five Canadian cities. This is the first Canadian study of basic living expenses tailored to elders instead of adults in general, prepared on an absolute rather than a relative basis. We also accounted for an individual's unique life circumstances and established the varying effect that they have on the cost of basic expenses, particularly for home care. We found that the maximum Guaranteed Income Supple ment and Old Age Security benefit did not meet the cost of basic needs for an elder living in poor circumstances.

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Uncontrolled keywords: Absolute measure, Aging-in-place, Canadian seniors, Cost-of-living, Economic security, Home care, Poverty measure, adult, aged, article, Canada, classification, economics, family size, female, human, male, needs assessment, poverty, retirement, social security, social welfare, socioeconomics, tax, United States, Adult, Aged, Canada, Family Characteristics, Female, Humans, Income Tax, Male, Needs Assessment, Poverty, Retirement, Social Security, Social Welfare, Socioeconomic Factors, United States, Cities, Elderly, Health Problems, Home Health Care, Income, Low Income Groups, Shelters, Tenants, Transportation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
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Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2012 10:57
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