Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples: Aging, Health and Health Care

Last Updated: December 7, 2012

Sylvia Abonyi, PhD ((Co-investigator))

While the Aboriginal population is younger than the general population, the 2001 census revealed a trend towards aging among Aboriginal people. In fact, the number of older Aboriginal people increased by 40 per cent between 1996 and 2001. This represents the largest population increase of all age groups in the Aboriginal populations, much higher than the corresponding 10 per cent population increase among the non-Aboriginal seniors population. Despite such rapid aging among the Aboriginal population, very little is known about the health and health care experiences of older Aboriginal peoples.

Goals / Outcomes: The research, led by Principal Investigator Mark Rosenberg of Queen’s University, fills a significant gap in our understanding of Aboriginal health in Canada. More importantly, by examining the health and health care experiences of older Aboriginal peoples now, programs and policies can be developed in anticipation of the growing demand of older Aboriginal peoples for services that are sensitive to their particular needs.

Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research