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Regina health region report says senior and aboriginal populations are growing

01/25/2012 10:27 EST | Updated 03/26/2012 05:12 EDT
REGINA - The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region has released a five-year report outlining changes in the region's demographics.

It says that in the last 14 years the overall population has grown 2.7 per cent.

In the same period, the aboriginal population has grown 39 per cent and the number of people 85 years old and older has doubled.

Dr. Tania Diener says those figures mean the services that need to be in place may need to change.

For instance, the report found half of all injuries that landed patients in hospital were due to falls, so the health region has started fall clinics for seniors.

Diener says they need to look at other prevention programs.

More than 56 per cent of people are described as overweight or obese.

(CJME)

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