Table 1 Sample characteristics

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  Survey Age Sample size Total sample
Early 70s Survey of Household Spending (SHS) 2008 71 to 74 481 1,089
SHS 2007 70 to 73 608
Late 60s SHS 2003 66 to 69 751 1,416
SHS 2002 65 to 68 665
Early 60s SHS 1998 61 to 64 760 1,605
SHS 1997 60 to 63 845
Mid-50s Survey of Family Expenditures (FAMEX)1990 53 to 56 235 750
FAMEX 1992 55 to 58 515
Late 40s FAMEX 1982 45 to 48 634 919
FAMEX 1984 47 to 50 285
… not applicable
Sources: Statistics Canada, Survey of Family Expenditures (FAMEX), 1982 to 1992; Survey of Household Spending (SHS), 1997 to 2008.