In this report, we present a synthesis of older adults’ own ruminations and observations on later life: • to enhance understanding of the well-being of older Canadians; • to consider their expectations for their futures as older adults; and • to consider how such later-life perceptions might inform current policies and programs related to seniors. [...] A strong and consistent sentiment is evident that policy makers and service providers need to respect and honour the right and responsibility of older people to make choices about their own lives and their aging. [...] To what extent this sense of ‘taking control’ of later life is a reflection of current and soon-to-be older adults in the context of current political and economic dynamics deserves further study. [...] With this point of reference, we turn in the second section to views of factors that contribute to quality of life in later life, now and in the future. [...] As I reflected upon my greater fortune, I came to realize that the person with the disease and the caregiver are so intertwined that the welfare of one usually cannot be assessed without taking into consideration the welfare of the other.
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