Accurate information and continued research on the aging process are critical as Americans age. This brochure contains information about older Americans and attempts to dispel the myths regarding that age group. What's important to remember about people over age 65 is that while many begin to experience some physical limitations, they learn to live with them and lead happy and productive lives.

This report from the Health Council of Canada provides an overview of issues related to the health disparities between First Nations, Inuit and Métis senior populations.  In comparison to the larger Canadian population, a significantly larger proportion of Aboriginal seniors live on low incomes and in poor health, with multiple chronic conditions and disabilities. 68 pages. Last reviewed February 2017.

This paper analyses the health care challenges facing Aboriginal seniors in urban Canada. The authors investigate which policy approaches are needed to improve the health and well-being of urban Aboriginal Seniors. Last reviewed February 2017.

The authors of this paper aimed to present an overview of the potential barriers and the factors, which may restrict ethnic minority patients from using health services, according to the literature available.  They warn against making generalizations and to look at the myriad of potential barriers for each individual.  Last reviewed February 2017.

The author of this article explains why it is necessary to undertake additional research on the physiological, economic, and social needs of Canadian immigrant elders. It is also emphasized that attempts should be made to better inform them of the programs and services available to them and to include their participation in the decision process on the questions that touch them the most. 4 pages.  Last reviewed February 2017.

The authors conducted a scoping review to examine the available literature on the health of older immigrant women in Canada. Their findings suggest that older immigrant women tend to have more health problems, underutilize preventive services, such as cancer screening, and experience more difficulties in accessing healthcare services. 12 pages. Last reviewed February 2017.

The authors take a thorough look at Canadian policies which are meant to support older people but which may infact worsen inequalities.  In particular they review pension schemes and long term care services.  They suggest that Canada can use existing approaches to build policies which are more equitable for older people's health.  Last reviewed February 2017.

This purpose of this paper is to inform discussion and analysis of how to organize Ontario's health-care system to increase the potential for reducing health disparities. Last reviewd February 2017.

The author describes the history of the awareness of social inequalities which have an impact on health in America.  Suggestions for reducing health inequities with prevention, addressing racial discrimination, economic considerations and issues related to health literacy are included. Last reviewed February 2017.