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I. Project Overview2
1. Background2
2. Research Design5

II. The Context for South Asian Families in Canada....................................................12 1. Who are South Asian Immigrants ........................................................................................................ 12 2. The Extended Family Living Arrangement....................................................................................... 13

III. Focus Group Results ...........................................................................................................15

South Asian Seniors
1. Problems Seniors Face ........................................................................................................................15 Inside the home ..................................................................................................................... 17 Outside the Home.................................................................................................................. 26 2. Barriers to Getting Help ..................................................................................................................... 37 3. Things that Would Help ..................................................................................................................... 39 What Seniors Need ............................................................................................................... 39 What Families Need ............................................................................................................. 40 What the Broader Community Needs .......................................................................... 42

Health & Social Services .................................................................................................................. 44

1. Services South Asian Seniors Use.................................................................................................... 44 2. Who we Talked To ................................................................................................................................. 44 3. Challenges from the Perspective of Service Providers .......................................................... 45 4. What is Needed to Better Support South Asian Seniors ........................................................49

IV. Recommendations and Conclusions ....................................................................... 54

I Project Overview

1. Background

Why is the Social Services Network doing this project?

Elder abuse in South Asian families is of a growing concern that has become apparent to the Social Services Network (SSN) from both their direct work with seniors and families, and through a collaborative cross-sectoral Ontario-wide conference project on Family Violence in the South Asian population which SSN leads.

The South Asian population is growing rapidly and South Asians continued to remain one of the largest visible minority groups in Ontario. Since 2006 the South Asian population of over 800,000 accounted for over 30% of all visible minorities in the province and in places like Markham Ontario, the visible minority population is actually in the majority constituting 65.4% of the total Markham population, with the Chinese population making up 52% of this, followed by the South Asian population at 26%. The population of Canada is also ageing, for example in York Region alone there is an estimated 400% increase in seniors projected by 2026 (66,295 in 2001 to 263,000 by 2026).1 Also the majority of York Region’s seniors (73%) live in Markham and the majority of South Asian people in York Region also live in Markham. 2 While there is no specific statistics on the rate of elder abuse in South Asian communities, in cities that have a sustantial senior and South Asian population, we can infer that elder abuse is occuring at a rate proportional...
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