Read the latest publication released in the February 2017 issue of Sociology of Health and Illness.
At present, there is little information about how precarity and precarious conditions carry out into late life. Our position is that policymakers and program managers require information that is grounded in empirical results, including feedback from practitioners/stakeholders and the narratives of older people. Research data on precarity & aging from this project will provide insight into the life trajectories of older people, outline the service barriers that exist for people ‘aging precariously’ with regards to low-income, ability and status in order to broaden existing understandings of these trajectories in scholarly research and social programming. An improved awareness of older adults’ experiences and the needs that occur at the intersections of precarious aging, can for example, help find solutions for better access to and or suggest changes with regards to institutional resources in health and social care. Research results will inform the fields of social gerontology and social work as well as provide suggestions to better equip policy makers and practitioners to address the unique needs of Canada’s older population.