The authors undertook a scoping review focused on answering 5 questions related to population health patterns, health risks and ouctomes of ethnocultural older adults compared to other older adults, unmet health needs, health care service use and health promotion and disease prevention within the Canadian context.
Social isolation is a reality experienced by many seniors and particularly immigrant and refugee seniors. Even though it is not easy to recognize, it has significant health, social, and economic consequences. The Government of Canada has taken an active interest in the issue of social isolation as have provincial governments. At the community level, several organizations individually and in partnerships, have been actively engaged in offering programs and services to seniors at risk for social isolation.
Social isolation can often pose serious health threats to the senior population, and it’s more common than most people may think. It’s important to foster an environment where seniors can stay socially engaged as they get older. Here are some ways to promote social health, connectedness and help seniors avoid social isolation.
The Frailty Framework among Homeless and other Vulnerable Populations (FFHVP) has been developed from empirical research and consultations with frailty experts in an effort to characterize antecedents, i.e. situational health-related, behaviour, resource, biological, and environmental factors which contribute to physical, psychological and social frailty domains and impact and adverse outcomes.
The authors completed a retrospective chart review of all remands to a male and female prison over a 6.5 year period. They found that the rising number of older prisoners among male remand prisoners. Older remand prisoners had very high rates of affective disorder and alcohol misuse. High rates of vulnerability were found among older prisoners and that that group also had greater need for medical and psychiatric services than younger prisoners.
This handbook from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and covers a variety of different care considerations including older prisoners, prisoners with terminal illness, those under the sentence of death and prisoners with mental health care needs, those with disabilities, ethnic and racial minorities and foreign national prisoners, indigenous peoples and LGBT prisoners.