This chapter provides a portrait of what the older population looks like in the second decade of the twenty-first century cross-sectionally in aggregate, in time and place. It recounts life stories of today's older population and reflects the cumulative life stories of older people who were born between 1915 and 1955. It also talks about the older population from the beginning of the twentieth century until the 1950s that lived in a world of relative poverty in small towns and rural Canada, where paying for healthcare was a private transaction. The chapter cites the older population who rewrote the political stories of the 1950s and 1960s that resulted in a social insurance and public pension system. It explains how Canada went from being a country that was mainly made up of small towns and rural communities, to a country that quickly became urban and suburban where today's newer cohorts of the older population grew up.
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