Online Program

A Good Life at the End-of-Life: The Ideal End-of-Life for South Korean Elders Living in Toronto, Canada

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Christine Moon, BA Honors, MSc Candidate, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
This paper examines what constitutes a good end-of-life experience for South Korean immigrant elders living in Toronto Canada. Elderly individuals (who are 0th, 1st and 2nd generation immigrants) and their families, are forced to navigate Canadian social services and supports (including care homes) in the face of changing cultural contexts. Elders and their adult children, furthermore, have increasingly divergent world-views regarding medical and age-related care for elders, as well as changing ideas of filial piety. This study uses ethnographic research methods, and fieldwork was conducted in the context of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and South Korea. What makes a good life, and a good death for these elders?

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Provision of health care to the public
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe ideals of life, death, and dying for South Korean immigrants to North America. Assess quality of life for aging South Korean immigrants in a culturally appropriate manner. Formulate culturally-appropriate social and public health programs for this group. Discuss with elderly South Korean immigrants, and other similar groups, healthcare and social support options in a culturally relevant manner.

Keyword(s): Aging, Quality of Life

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: The information presented in my paper was the topic of my thesis. I conducted a literature review, and independent fieldwork in the area.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.