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Survey highlights major Canada-US differences in people in middle age
Date:6/2/2010

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One thing the study found was that more middle-aged Americans than Canadians are living in multi-generational households. McDaniel says the study was not able to identify why; however she wondered whether it was an effect of the housing bubble, as children who have lost a house moved back in with their parents.

The study also showed how the recession disrupted expectations for old age and how there's a big difference in expectations between Canada and the U.S.

Americans, says McDaniel, often reported that their expectations for retirement had been shattered. Canadians, however, felt that while some things might be more difficult, socialized medicine would keep them from going bankrupt.

McDaniel says that as this cohort moves into old age, differences and expectations will play out. If the differences in the 50-to-64-year-old age group continue as the cohort ages, she says the experience of old age could end up being very different in Canada than in the U.S.

Most people looking at old age today, she adds, base their views on the experiences of people who are old now people who came of age when jobs were plentiful, housing cheap and diversity rare.

"To build our thinking on the basis of what's going on with these people today is wrong," she says.


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Contact: Ryan Saxby Hill
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Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
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