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Lecture 4

HLTHAGE 1BB3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: South Asia

Health, Aging and Society
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Yvonne Leblanc

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Research Methods & Ethnicity
What is ethinicity?
- Religion
- Citizenship
- What a person relates to (ie. one parent from asia, one parent that is a Canadian
Jew, and someone relates more with Judiasm so that is their ethnicity)
- Complicated and subjective
What is Culture?
- Specific beliefs, values, views
- Material culture – tangible things specific to our area
- Minority Groups – groups that are not part of the majority
Ie. in Canada majority is Caucasian, minority are Asians, Indians, etc.
- Visible Minorities – Minorities you can see, ie. skin tone
True or False?
In Canada, Aboriginal Peoples are classified as a visible minority. – False
- The have special status
Theoretical Perspective of Ethnicity and Age
- Multiple jeopardy theory
- Buffering theory
- The life course perspective
Multiple Jeopardy Theory
- The kind of disadvantage you have if you happen to be (for instance) and elderly
aboriginal woman who is living in poverty multiple disadvantage
Buffering Theory
- Having social networks and social support
The life course perspective
- Looks at difference between and within a minority group, cultural subgroups, and
age cohorts among minority groups
Current Research
What do we know about immigrant seniors aging in Canada? A demographic, socio-
economic and health profile?
- Immigrants represent a considerably large group among seniors. In 2006 while
20% of the Candian overall population were immigrants, the corresponding figure
among seniors was 30%.
- Nearly _____ of immigrant seniors arrived in Canada before 1976
- Immigrant seniors were most likely to live in Tornoto, Montreal, or Vancouver.
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