Aboriginal seniors have a harder time staying healthy
Poverty, poor housing and diet, especially in remote areas, hurts health of aboriginal seniors
The Canadian Press Posted: Nov 28, 2013 8:31 AM ET
First Nations, Metis and Inuit of advancing years often have poorer health than their non-aboriginal counterparts but don’t receive the same level of health-care services as other Canadian seniors, a report says.
The Health Council of Canada report, released Thursday, says the health of aboriginal seniors can be compromised by poverty, inadequate housing and poor diet, especially for those living in remote areas where nutritious foods may be prohibitively expensive.