When people get old and quit their job, in addition if they don't have family to live with together, the old people would be alone for sure. However, in terms of old people who live in Vancouver they are more friendly and more active than those people in Japan. For instance, lots of old people often go to Church, Beach and Cafe and talk with someone else, both their friends and strangers. It seems that they still have opportunities to make new friends. While in Japan, if old people who live alone don't have any friends, they would just stay at home and watching TV or something.
Therefore, people in Japan place more values on their families through their lives than the people in Vancouver, I think. Nevertheless, it seems that there are more lonely old people in Japan, because I saw more old people who laughed outside in Canada than in Japan.