Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Quality of Life

Activity Limitation

Overall
By Age
By Sex
By Employment and Income

Overall

Data on this HealthSTATS page identifies those with activity limitations imposed by long-term physical and/or mental health problem(s) that have lasted or are expected to last at least six months. The results are based on a set of questions that measure the impact of long-term health conditions on life at: home, work, school, and other locations.

According to the 2014 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) conducted by Statistics Canada, 42% (37.1%, 46.3%) of Simcoe Muskoka residents (12+) reported being limited in certain activities because of a physical or mental condition. This was significantly higher than the provincial average for activity limitations which was 32% (31.1%, 33.2%). There hasn’t been any significant change in the trend in activity limitations for Simcoe Muskoka or Ontario between 2003 and 2014; however, activity limitations have been consistently higher in Simcoe Muskoka over that time period.

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By Age

Activity limitations increase with age. In Simcoe Muskoka from 2013-2014, 24% (17.7%, 32.1%) of youth (12-19 years) reported having activity limitations, which was significantly lower than the 52% (46.3%, 56.7%) of seniors (65+) with activity limitations. A significantly higher proportion of Simcoe Muskoka adults between the ages 20 and 64 years reported activity limitations when compared to the province overall.
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By Sex

In Simcoe Muskoka from 2013-2014, 34% (29.6%, 39.2%) of males (12+ years) reported having activity limitations, which was lower but not significantly different from the 42% (37.3%, 47.0%) of females (12+) with activity limitations. Activity limitations were significantly higher for both males and females in Simcoe Muskoka when compared with the overall provincial averages. Females experienced significantly more activity limitation than males for the province overall.
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By Employment and Income

Activity limitations decrease with higher levels of employment and income. In Simcoe Muskoka from 2013-2014, among adults 25 to 64 years living in Simcoe Muskoka, 62% (50.5%, 7286%) of those that reported not working in the past year also reported having an activity limitation, which was significantly higher than the 33% (28.8%, 38.2%) of those that reported having an activity limitation but did work in the past year. Also for the survey years of 2013-2014 among Simcoe Muskoka residents (12+), 60% (50.2%, 68.9%) of those in the lowest income quintile report having activity limitations, which was more than double the 26% (21.0%, 32.9%) with activity limitations among those in the highest income quintile. Activity limitations among those that did not work in the past year and among those in the lowest income quintile in Simcoe Muskoka was significantly higher when compared with the province as a whole.

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