Connecting wealth to health for pre-retirement adults in a rural community
Feng Chang, RPh, BScPhm, PharmD - Gateway Rural Health Research Institute and School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo Claudio Munoz MD, PhD - Gateway Rural Health Research Institute Dan Stringer, RPh, BSc, BScPhm - Gateway Rural Health Research Institute Jenny Seguin, BScPhm candidate - School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo Maral Mirhosseini, BScPhm candidate - School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo
An evident connection between health and wealth has been determined in several population studies, linking wealth to outcomes such as mortality, chronic disease, self-reported health status and functional status. As people age, they experience many changes in financial status and health-related needs, many of which are unexpected and may be difficult to manage if not adequately prepared and educated. An educational program designed to teach community members who are in pre-retirement about health and finance as it relates to retirement will enable them to better self-manage their health as they age. Given that residents of rural Ontario suffer the added burden of lower income and more prevalent chronic disease, involving them in the development process of an educational tool will help to address their specific learning needs pertaining to retirement planning.