Sociology Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Journal

Canadian Studies in Population

Volume

42

Issue

3-4

First Page

63

URL with Digital Object Identifier

https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/csp/article/view/24598/18944

Last Page

76

Abstract

Fertility postponement and mortality decline are shifting the demography of the grandparent population in Canada. The ways in which the aging of the grandparent population affects families depends in large part on the health of grandparents. In this article, we document the aging of Canadian grandparents between 1985 and 2011. However, despite being older, grandparents are healthier, signaling that the compression of morbidity is outpacing the postponement of grandparenthood. This shift is partly due to the higher educational attainment of this population and partly due to secular improvements in health over time. The improved health of grandparents in Canada has important implications for intergenerational transfers and relationships.

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