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Explainers | Expert response

Club Vita's Further Thoughts on the CIA's Mortality Improvements Research, Part 1: Drivers of Mortality Improvements

An important part of projecting possible future changes to mortality rates is understanding some of the key drivers of change and how these might evolve over time.

7 May 2024

Explainers | Expert response

Thoughts on the Canadian Institute of Actuaries’ Mortality Improvements Research

This is the beginning of a multi-part series covering the recently released Report to the CIA’s Project Oversight Group on Mortality Improvements Research (the “report”). We are pleased to present key observations as well as outline important considerations that we will cover in future instalments of this series.

30 April 2024

Explainers | External publications

New CIA Statement Explores the Vital Link Between Education and Longevity

Many studies have found there is a positive correlation between education and longevity. Robert Brown, FCIA, conducted a literature review for the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) that examined several of these studies and the results were consistent – the more education people have, the longer they live. And the higher their educational attainment, the longer they live in good health. Insights included from our expert, Shantel Aris, Head of Longevity Experience Studies.

18 March 2024

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 24-02: Wait times in Canada’s health system

Wait times for medical procedures in Canada have increased steadily and dramatically over the past 30 years, a trend made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Delays in receiving health care can impact quality of life while waiting and worsen ultimate health outcomes. In this edition of Top Charts, Michael Reid discusses the increase in wait times and explores what impact these wait times may have on longer-term mortality.

31 January 2024

General interest | Personal blogs

The Longevity of Robert Burns

"Tonight, Scots around the world will be celebrating the immortal memory of Robert Burns, our national poet. Burns made a remarkable contribution to the richness of humankind in his short time on Earth. Tributes to his legacy will touch on many aspects of his life. It made me wonder about his contribution to longevity." - Douglas Anderson

24 January 2024

General interest | Personal blogs

Ten reasons to be cheerful: 2024 New Year edition

As has become his annual tradition, Douglas kicks off 2024 with a note of positivity. To help you keep the January blues at bay, he has collected together his top ten positive health stories from 2023.

8 January 2024

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 23-13: Tontine days of retirement

In this holiday-special edition of Top Charts, Erik Pickett and Carmen Gatta explore which group from song the 12 days of Christmas with whom it would be best to enter a tontine contract.

3 January 2024

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 23-11: Canada’s opioids crisis

Canada’s opioids crisis is an intricate public health issue. Disproportionately affecting men, it has quickly become the worst drug crisis in history. Similar to the US, Canada has been experiencing increases in opioids related deaths for years and this issue has seemingly been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this edition of Top Charts, Alexandra Sonnenwirth discusses the increase in opioids related deaths across Canada and what it might mean for pension plans and insurers.  

24 November 2023

General interest | VitaMins

VitaMins Health: GLP-1 obesity medications - will they be as big as statins for life expectancy?

The World Health Organization has referred to obesity as “one of today’s most blatantly visible – yet most neglected – public health problems”. But excitement is now rising around new appetite-suppressing medications with public health organizations hopeful that these treatments may help tackle this growing epidemic.

17 November 2023

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 23-09: Canadian excess deaths in 2022

Excess deaths in Canada in 2020 and 2021 were well below the excess death levels in both the US and the UK. In 2022, while the US and the UK saw important decreases in excess deaths, Canada experienced significant increases, bringing excess death levels well above the levels in the other regions. In this edition of Top Charts, Alexandra Sonnenwirth discusses the increase in excess mortality in Canada in 2022.

19 September 2023

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 23-06: Are the top causes of death reflected in our search history?

There can often be a disconnect between perception and reality with regard to things that have the largest impact on our lives. But how much is this the case with causes of death? In this edition of Top Charts Mia Marcellus compares the top causes of death in our different geographies with their relative Internet search frequency.

5 July 2023

General interest | VitaMins

VitaMins Health: Antimicrobial resistance – AI to the rescue?

Antimicrobial resistance remains in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) top 10 global public health threats facing humanity – could AI help us in dealing with this existential risk?

15 June 2023

Business updates | Press releases

Club Vita strengthens Canadian team to support continued growth

Club Vita, an international leader in longevity data analytics, today announced recent key appointments and promotions in its Canadian team to support its continued growth.

31 May 2023

Research & technical | Research & technical notes

2022 Canadian VitaCurves technical papers

Technical papers on modeling techniques and underlying data to accompany the release of our CV22 Canadian VitaCurves model. This new release introduces the first COVID-19 year (2020) into the Canadian VitaCurves model.

13 April 2023

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 23-03: Universal state retirement ages

There has recently been widespread debate across the globe (e.g. in Canada, the UK, the US and France) about potential increases in state retirement ages. Much of the debate has focused on the increases in life expectancy since the introduction of state retirement provisions – but life expectancy is not the same for everyone in society. In this edition of Top Charts, Alexandra Sonnenwirth explores this issue and asks whether it’s fair to have a one-size fits all retirement age.

30 March 2023

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-12: Were all excess deaths during the pandemic in Canada due to COVID?

In this edition of Top Charts, Michael Reid discusses excess deaths through the pandemic in Canada and asks whether they were all due to COVID.

13 December 2022

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-11: Total number of human lives and deaths ever

In this edition of Top Charts, Erik Pickett and Carmen Gatta look at the total number of people who have ever lived and died. Are more people alive today than have lived and died in the past?

5 December 2022

General interest | VitaMins

VitaMins Health: Wearable technology - all dressed up but where will it go?

Availability of, and interest in, wearable technology is on the rise. However, is it having as positive an impact on our physical activity, our mental health, and our life expectancy as we hope?

17 November 2022

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-09: Is there a gender pension gap in Canadian Defined Benefit pensions?

In this edition of Top Charts, Shantel Aris discusses the gender pension gap in Canada and its impact on longevity.

21 September 2022

Opinion & experiences | Behavioural economics blogs

Reactance – I won’t do what you tell me!

“Why don’t you just do as you’re told?” is a phrase I heard many times as a child. Perhaps I often had a strong aversion to the specific instructions I was given, or perhaps I really didn’t like being told what to do.

19 July 2022

General interest | VitaMins

VitaMins Health: Representative Concentration Pathways

As carbon emissions continue to grow, scientists are trying to understand the potential impacts of future climate change scenarios on health.

18 July 2022

Business updates | Press releases

Club Vita bolsters international pension team with three key appointments

Club Vita, an international leader in longevity data analytics, today announced several appointments to bolster their pension team across the globe.

13 July 2022

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-06: How have life expectancy and health adjusted life expectancy changed over time?

In this edition of Top Charts, Shantel Aris discusses life expectancy and health adjusted life expectancy (HALE) in Canada, the UK, and the US and how these have changed over time.

14 June 2022

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-05: Retirement preparedness vs longevity pessimism

In this edition of Top Charts, Erik Pickett presents a second chart from our recent Longevity, lifestyle and retirement perception survey, 2022 showing the relationship between retirement preparedness and longevity pessimism in Canada, the UK and US.

25 May 2022

Research & technical | Research & technical notes

Lifestyle and Retirement Perception Survey 2022

Club Vita’s Longevity, Lifestyle and Retirement Perception Survey 2022

27 April 2022

Explainers | External publications

Long-COVID – in it for the long haul?

Since 2020 we witnessed many evolving and changing concepts relating to COVID-19, one of which is the long-term suffering of symptoms of the disease known as post COVID-19 condition or long-COVID.

24 April 2022

General interest | VitaMins

VitaMins Health: Long COVID – in it for the long haul?

Even 12 months after the start of the pandemic, professionals are having difficulty defining and explaining what exactly Long COVID is, and what it could mean for future health for many people.

23 April 2022

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-04: Longevity pessimism

In this edition of Top Charts, Erik Pickett presents a chart from our recent Longevity, lifestyle and retirement perception survey, 2022 showing the level of longevity pessimism in Canada, the UK and US.

22 April 2022

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-03: 2021 excess deaths

Question: How did 2021 excess deaths in Canada, US and UK compare?

15 March 2022

Business updates | Press releases

Club Vita and Longitude Exchange, the new digital longevity marketplace platform, announce new collaboration

Hamilton, Bermuda – March 3, 2022 – Club Vita, an international leader in longevity analytics, and Longitude Exchange, the new digital marketplace for trading longevity and mortality risk, today announced their collaboration...

3 March 2022

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