Significantly, the social determinants for health of older adults in poverty is affected. The physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of older people who live in poverty can be affected by a number of factors. Access to housing, healthcare and nutrition, transportation, and other resources are all part of these issues. Inadequate housing can cause poor nutrition and hygiene, increasing the likelihood of chronic illness or worsening existing conditions.
These individuals may also not know about preventative methods such as screenings and vaccinations that could keep them healthy for longer. The low level of education in this group makes it even more difficult to know about health services that can prevent illness.
The elderly who live in poverty are also at risk of poorer health due to a lack of transportation. Without reliable transportation they often find it difficult to make doctor’s appointments or purchase necessary items at the grocery store which contributes greatly to malnutrition and overall poor health status.