The everyday lives of many older adults in Canada are affected by general social attitudes towards older people and aging, as well as government policies in many areas.
For example, these can include, areas such as equality and social justice, wealth redistribution through tax transfers, pensions and income security, affordable and appropriate housing, adequate health care and support, supports for young and aging families. Social inequalities experienced earlier in life often carry important consequences throughout later life too. Older women and older men can also experience different kinds of social inequalities.
Some Helpful Canadian Readings
Age Privilege. (2009). Age privilege is the wide range of generally accepted entitlements accorded to young and middle aged persons. It encompasses · all the things that people can do or expect with some degree of ease because they are young or middle aged adults, · things they can take for granted, as well as · the “privilege” of not facing significant barriers and obstacles if they are not older persons.
Women of an (Un)Certain Age. Joint PowerPoint presentation by Charmaine Spencer, Lillian Zimmerman, and Elsie Dean (WE*ACT) to the Economic Security Project ' Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women’s Economic Security Needs conference, Oct 22-25, 2005. http://www.sfu.ca/espconference2005/web/presentations/Panel%20A2.pdf .
Note: Some of the information on human rights law in BC has changed since this 2005 presentation: specifically, the age cap has been removed and "age " is now covered under services, accommodation and facilities customarily available to the public in BC.
Bedard, A. & Li, C. (July 2006) Death of a Spouse: The Impact on Income for Senior Men and Women Statistics Canada. Catalogue No: 11-621-MIE2006046
Brink. S. (December, 2000). The Link Between the Economy and Life Expectancy, GRC News, Vol. 19 No.3. See: http://www.harbour.sfu.ca/gero/grcn_pdfs/vol19no3.pdf
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Day, S. & Brodsky, G. Women and the Equality Deficit: The Impact of Restructuring Canada's Social Programs. Status of Women Canada.
Older Women's Network www.olderwomensnetwork.org/publications/research/index.htm
Spencer, C. (August, 2003) Grey Power in Canada (Part One) GRC News, Vol. 19 No. 2 See:
Spencer, C. (September, 2003) Grey Power in Canada (Part Two) Will Baby Boomers Become Activists as They Age. GRC News, Vol. 22 No. 2. See: http://www.sfu.ca/grc/publications/grcnews/grcn_pdfs/vol22no2.pdf
Zimmerman, L. (October, 1998) Withdrawal of the Proposed Seniors Benefit and the Special Significance of it for Women, GRC News, Vol. 17 (No. 3) See: http://www.sfu.ca/grc/publications/grcnews/grcn_pdfs/vol17no3.pdf
Zimmerman, L. (December, 2001) “Boomers will go ‘screaming into the night’” GRC News, Vol. 20 (No.1). See: http://www.sfu.ca/grc/publications/grcnews/grcn_pdfs/vol20no1.pdf
Shone, M.A. (1991) Health, poverty and the elderly: Can the courts make a difference? Alberta Law Review, XXIV (4) 839-860.
Calasanti, T.M. & Slevin, K. F. (2001). Gender, Social Inequalities, and Aging. Published by Rowman Altamira,