Healthy aging is an important public health issue | FNP
For example, they often lack reliable transportation which limits their ability to receive medical care or buy healthy food. Additionally, they may live in unsafe neighborhoods or substandard housing with inadequate heating or cooling systems which can lead to an increased risk of illness or injury. Furthermore, many elderly people living in poverty often have difficulty accessing healthcare due to financial constraints or language barriers which prevent them from receiving the treatment they need.
It is essential for public health officials, policy makers and healthcare providers alike to understand how social determinants of health can impact older adults living in poverty so that appropriate measures can be taken towards reducing disparities between these populations and other members of society.