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Community Profiles

Elements of the Model

The Community Profile Model provides the opportunity to obtain information in relation to six (6) key variables, as described below.

Year:

In addition to being able to examine the 2001 census count of males, females and the total population in each age cohort, you can see the projections of these FSA populations for the years 2006, 2011, 2016, 2021 and 2026.

The drop down menu will allow selection of one year.

The default option is 2001.

FSA:

You MUST enter the 3-digit FSA code in order to proceed. The total population of the selected FSA will always be displayed as a reference point. You will only be able to enter and display the results of one FSA at a time.

Gender:

The drop down menu offers three options: Male, Female, or Both

The default option is Both.

Results are always reported by gender, not by the total population.

Age:

The 2001 Census count of persons aged 50 and over in each FSA forms the demographic base of the model. The model allows searching using the following eight (8) age cohorts: 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80-84; and 85+.

The drop down menu allows you to select a specific age group or All. All is the default option.

Health:

Health has been measured using an approach developed by StatsCan that used the National Population Health Survey to define four (4) states of health and how these could impact on potential living choices for seniors.

The model includes 4 health states (described below), referenced as H1, H2, H3 and H4. You may choose any one of the 4, or All. All is the default option.

H1 Dependence free Good Health Individuals who do not need assistance, with the possible exception of heavy housework, and who generally live in single family or multiple-unit housing, either rented or owned.
H2 Moderate Dependence Individuals who need assistance with meal preparation, shopping, or everyday housework. Home care may be provided within the residence by family caregivers and/or paid care providers.
H3 Severe Dependence Individuals who need a high level of support, including assistance to move about or for their personal care. They may continue to live in their own home with significant support or may move into an assisted living facility or senior’s retirement residence.
H4 Institutionalized Individuals whose very high level of required assistance usually dictates that they reside in a nursing home or other institution where they can receive extensive support ands specialized care.
Wealth:

The 1999 Survey of Financial Security provides our second factor, wealth. The survey asked a sample of Canadian families and individuals about the value of their assets and the amount of their debts. The total value of assets less debt is an individual’s net worth. Our model uses the net worth of each age cohort of Atlantic Canadians to develop four (4) wealth states, as follows:

W1 Well off More than $301,000 net worth
W2 Moderately wealthy Between $151,000 and $300,000 net worth
W3 Limited Resources Between $51,000and 150,000 net worth
W4 Very Limited Resources Less than $50,000 net worth
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