The Weaker Sex? Health Care and the Aging Boomer

    Dr. Sherry Cooper available for one-on-one interviews to discuss findings
    from her No. 1 bestselling book, "The New Retirement: How it will Change
    our Future"

    TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - In the new bestselling book, The New Retirement:
How it will Change our Future, BMO Capital Markets Chief Economist Dr. Sherry
Cooper discusses significant differences between men and women when it comes
to increasing longevity in what should be the best years of life.

    -   The best predictors of late-life happiness are no substance abuse
        (including food), a stable primary relationship, an active life,
        continuous education and mature coping skills. Cooper's research
        suggests that men are more likely to use tobacco, drink alcohol, and
        maintain an unhealthy weight.

    -   In Canada, the average life expectancy for men is 77 years and for
        women 82 years. For just about every one of the leading causes of
        death, men die younger than women; for instance, cancer strikes one
        in two men, but only one in three women.

    -   Men's greater vulnerability appears to start quite early. More male
        fetuses are conceived, but they are at a greater risk of miscarriage
        or stillbirth. As infants, newborn boys have a higher rate of
        mortality. On average, in any given year, roughly 105 boy babies are
        born for every 100 girls. Boys and men are believed to have weaker
        immune systems and may also recover more slowly from illness. Women
        are also less dare-devilish than men; they are more likely to wear
        their seatbelts and stick to the speed limit. Men suffer more
        accidental deaths and serious injuries, and they are more likely to
        die from their injuries. As a result, even though more baby boys are
        born, women begin to outnumber men their same age by about age 40,
        and the gap widens from there.

    -   According to the 2005 U.S. census, nearly 44 per cent of women aged
        65 and older are widowed, while only 13 per cent of men are widowers;
        Canadian statistics are similar. Also, 47 per cent of women aged
        20 and over report that they are living without a spouse, up from
        34 per cent in 1950. By the time they reach age 100, women outnumber
        men 8 to 1. As a result, women should be prepared to live without a
        partner for a significant number of years.

    -   The incidence of heart disease, diabetes and cancer in people over
        age 50 is significantly higher for men than it is for women. One
        explanation is that women take better care of themselves: for
        instance, women are more likely to see a doctor for an annual checkup
        or when they suffer unexplained symptoms. They are also more likely
        to follow their doctors' orders, take the drugs their physicians
        prescribe, and are even more likely than men to have a flu shot.
        Women also read more about fitness and nutrition. They are more apt
        to take supplements, exercise and eat right. They are more inclined
        to join a health club, and use that membership!

    To arrange a one-on-one interview with Dr. Sherry Cooper, please call one
of the contacts listed below.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Peter E. Scott, Toronto,, (416) 867-3996; Ronald Monet, Montreal,, (514) 877-1873; Laurie Grant, Vancouver,, (604) 665-7596; Internet:

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