Lindsay Croxall (Timiskaming First Nation), is currently living in Long Sault Ontario. Lindsay is a Highly Qualified Personel (HQP) with AGE-WELL which is a transdisciplinary network in aging and technology. She is also on the development team for Carleton University’s Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous people (CUIERIP), and she is a children’s rights advocate with the Family Resource Programs Canada (FRP) and the Landon Pearson Centre. Lindsay has a BA (Hons) in Psychology, an MSc. in Interdisciplinary Health Science and is currently working on a PhD in Aging and Health at Queens University.
First Nation Elders who use wheeled mobility: an exploration of culture and health
The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of the importance of Elder cultural participation and perceptions of the effects of participation on health, how cultural participation has changed since becoming a wheeled mobility user, the barriers to participation, and thoughts on how participation can be improved for First Nation Elders who use wheeled mobility and live on reserves in Canada.
A qualitative design with an interdisciplinary phenomenological approach was used. Elder wheeled mobility users who live on reserve in Canada were recruited. Data were collected using a demographic form and a semi-structured interview.
Eight themes were extracted from the interviews: (1) Participation in cultural ceremonies, (2) Participants perceptions of the usefulness of their device, (3) Ability to access the outdoors safely and independently, (4) Transportation to and from the events (5) Exterior paths of travel to and from cultural events, (6) Accessibility at the events (7) Stigma (8) and Burden.
The findings demonstrate that policy changes are required regarding the allocation of funding to ensure that Elders have safe access to outdoors, to provide adequate transportation to and from cultural events, to create accessible paths of travel to and from cultural events, to increase accessibility at the events, and to increase education in order to reduce stigma.