'Got a room for me?' Housing Experiences of Older Adults Living with HIV/AIDS in Ottawa

ArticleinCanadian Journal on Aging / La Revue canadienne du vieillissement 31(1):37-48 · March 2012with9 Reads
DOI: 10.1017/S0714980811000584 · Source: PubMed
Abstract
HIV/AIDS and aging is an important emerging topic with relevance to gerontology. Currently, little is known about the housing experiences of older adults within the context of HIV/AIDS. This article explores the issue and examines interview data concerning the housing experiences of 11 older adults (52 to 67 years old) living with HIV/AIDS in Ottawa, Ontario. Participants' stories revealed concerns relating to three major themes: acceptance into retirement homes and long-term care communities, barriers to accessing subsidized housing services, and homelessness. Participants reported feeling that they lacked recognition and experienced confusion about their future housing prospects. These data suggest that a shift may be occurring in the housing needs of people aging with HIV/AIDS. This emerging population presents challenges to mainstream ideas of aging. We conclude that increased attention is needed in research, policy, and practice to address housing issues among this age group of people living with HIV/AIDS.
    • "Roger, Mignone, & Kirkland, 2013 ). Les seules recherches disponibles actuellement sur la situation des PAVIH au Canada se centrent sur les problématiques de l'hébergement et de l'accès aux services (Fritsch, 2005 ; Furlotte, Schwartz, Koornstra, & Naster, 2012 ), occultant les dimensions plus sociales et relationnelles de leur existence. Ces dimensions paraissent pourtant essentielles à documenter au regard de l'accroissement des risques d'isolement associés au vieillissement. "
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