ERIC Number: EJ799713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Can Canadian Seniors on Public Pensions Afford a Nutritious Diet?
Green, Rebecca J.; Williams, Patricia L.; Johnson, C. Shanthi; Blum, Ilya
Canadian Journal on Aging, v27 n1 p69-79 2008
This study examined whether Canada's public pensions (Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan) provided adequate income for seniors living in Nova Scotia in 2005 to afford a basic nutritious diet. Monthly incomes were compared to essential monthly expenses for four household scenarios: (a) married couple, 80 years and 78 years, in urban Nova Scotia; (b) single male, 77 years in rural Nova Scotia; (c) a couple, 70 years and 65 years, in rural Nova Scotia; (d) widowed female, 85 years, in urban Nova Scotia. The monthly food costs for the four households were CAN313.32, 193.83, 316.71, "and" 150.89, respectively. Results showed that both single-member households lacked the necessary funds for a nutritious diet, while living with a partner seemed to protect against inadequate financial resources. These findings illustrate the need to improve Canada's retirement systems to ensure all seniors have adequate financial resources to meet their basic needs--including nutritious food--prevent chronic disease, and ultimately improve quality of life.
Descriptors: Retirement, Poverty, Quality of Life, Older Adults, Dietetics, Foreign Countries, Social Services, Nutrition, Health Promotion, Income, Welfare Services, Expenditures, Financial Support
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Identifiers - Location: Canada