International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

An Examination of the Interaction between Poverty and Health Status in the Elderly Population of Jamaica
EDWARDS-WESCOTT, Patricia, GITTENS-BAYNES, Kimberly-Ann, METIVIER, Charmaine

ABSTRACT
In the Caribbean, ageing is evident and its associated challenges are many. As we acknowledge these issues we are cognisant that, among other factors, the poverty levels experienced by the elderly adversely affect their health status, well-being and quality of life. This paper examines the link between poverty and health status, within the context of ageing and the emergent threat of chronic non-communicable diseases, to present and future elderly populations in Jamaica. From 7 percent in 1960 to 10.2 percent in 2001 and expectations of 22 percent elderly in the population by 2050 (STATIN, 2008), practical elder-focused polices in health, social support and development are proposed to address the impact of poverty on one’s health status.

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