Policies that are meant to support older people in Canada might worsen inequalities. Increasingly privatized pension schemes and lack of subsidized support services disproportionately reward those with the most social and economic means in old age. Those who benefit generally experience better health than those who are disadvantaged. Canada has opportunity to guard against such a skewed impact of programs for the elderly by drawing on approaches developed by the World Health Organization, international examples, and sociological theory and research. These approaches can to help design policies that transcend existing inequalities in older people, fostering more equitable health outcomes.
Quesnel-Vallée, Amélie; Willson, Andrea; and Reiter-Campeau, Sandra
"Health Inequalities Among Older Adults In Developed Countries: Reconciling Theories and Policy Approaches,"
Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster Discussion Paper Series/ Un Réseau stratégique de connaissances Changements de population et parcours de vie Document de travail:
1, Article 6.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/pclc/vol3/iss1/6