Visions - Older Adult Immigrants and Refugees

PDF | Vol. 6, No. 3 (2010)

Immigrants and refugees face numerous challenges when they arrive in Canada, and older adults in particular may face additional hardships as they cope with the personal, family and society changes that affect mental health. Older adult immigrants and refugees must also navigate mental health and substance use systems that don’t necessarily offer appropriate services for their needs. About one in four British Columbians is from an ethnic minority, and the number of Canadians over the age of 65 is set to increase dramatically over the next ten years. The well-being of older adult immigrants and refugees is clearly an important issue that must be examined. In this issue of Visions, we learn about the particular challenges that older adult immigrants and refugees face, explore services and resources aimed at this population, and hear personal stories from older adults and service providers.