International review: Strategies to support ethno-cultural and linguistic diversity for seniors

Wellesley Institute

Growing ethno-cultural and linguistic diversity among older population groups is an experience shared by countries of immigration like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (U.K.), and the United States (U.S.). These international jurisdictions have introduced a range of national-level or provincial/state-level strategies to address the evolving needs of diverse older populations in their health and social care systems; ranging from the provision of linguistically appropriate resources to enhancing cultural competency of the health and social care workforce.

This review aims to identify and describe promising strategies that have been developed to improve access to programs and services for seniors from diverse communities. Ultimately, this report presents emerging strategies and themes identified in the reviewed strategies to discuss the implications for the Ontario context.

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