Older adults’ healthcare needs are typically greater than those of the adult population. This group is more susceptible to (or more likely to experience) chronic health problems, or even multimorbidity, requiring coordinated, “patient-centred” care and adequate communication, which poses a challenge in a minority language context. Additionally, second language skills can deteriorate in older adults due to conditions such as hearing loss or neurological disorders (dementia, stroke, etc.), that are likely to manifest with greater acuity.
Francophone seniors in Ontario: A health portrait