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February 2006
Vol. 7, no. 2

Perspectives on Labour and Income

Aging, health and work
Wendy Pyper

  • Older workers were generally in very good or excellent physical and mental health. However, those not working because of ill health rated their physical and mental health as fair or poor. Chronic conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism, high blood pressure, and back problems were common concerns.
  • Of those not working for health reasons, 7 in 10 older men and 9 in 10 women suffered from three or more chronic conditions. These rates were much higher than in the working population.
  • Older workers had virtually no mobility problems—unlike those not working because of their health. Half of women aged 50 to 54 not working for health reasons had mobility problems.
  • Compared with 87% of working men aged 50 to 54, only 25% of those not working because of ill health reported no day-to-day pain. Almost all of those in ill health who experienced pain reported moderate to severe pain levels.

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Wendy Pyper is with the Labour and Household Surveys Analysis Division. She can be reached at (613) 951-0381 or

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