Health inequalities in Older Adults: A Participatory Approach to Community Health

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Abstract

Health inequalities can result in poor accessibility to primary, secondary and community care. Additionally, they can be associated with poor access to health practices such as physical activity across the lifespan. Globally, we have an increasingly ageing population, which highlights the importance of addressing issues related to stubbornly persistent inequalities in this group.

Community engagement, using a co-creation and participatory approaches, can help build trust and a shared understanding in communities. They can also offer qualitative evidence-based opportunities to impact communities in meaningful and sustainable ways. However, they are not always deployed when addressing health inequalities in older people. Within this paper we report on the community engagement protocol developed for working with communities to tackle health inequalities in older adults.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCommunity Development Journal
Publication statusAcceptance date - 2021

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