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Issue #39: Indigenous Seniors

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Issue #39: Indigenous Seniors

Indigenous seniors are at high risk of experiencing social isolation due to factors such as racism, marginalization, linguistic barriers, geographic location, lack of appropriate cultural inclusion, poverty, poor health status, lack of service provision, and historic traumatic experiences.

Recommendation #129: Traditional Language

Expand traditional language teaching both intergenerationally and in the broader community to support elder inclusion and linguistic longevity.

Recommendation #130: Community and Health Supports for Elders with Cognitive Impairments

Develop robust Care at Home programming for elders with cognitive impairment and dementia to avoid re-institutionalization in long-term care dementia units, often far from their local communities. Integrate and embed culturally inclusive training and programming for healthcare and social service professionals.

Recommendation #131: Develop Culturally-Appropriate Elder Programming, particularly in the Territories

Work with local communities and partners to develop non-governmental sector capacity for the provision of culturally appropriate locally-developed programs to support Indigenous elders, particularly in the territories.

Recommendation #132: Traditions

Make traditions accessible in long-term care and congregate settings by inviting Indigenous community members for traditional ceremonies, providing traditional food, and providing a space for family gatherings.

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