Aging with Wisdom

Indigenous Women Aging Well with HIV/AIDS

This project seeks to answer two main research questions:

  • How do Indigenous women aging with HIV experience wellness; and
  • What do Indigenous women aging with HIV want and need for wellness (interventions/service provision/programs/healthcare).

The purpose of our research is to better understand the experiences of Indigenous women aging with HIV/AIDS. The specific objectives of this study are to:

  1. Guide culturally appropriate and land-based wellness activities
  2. Facilitate Elder-led sequential sharing circles on aging with wisdom
  3. Compile, analyze, and synthesize findings into oral and written reports which will be shared with various Indigenous peoples and organizations, health advocates, and researchers in order to better inform and refine future health and wellness practices for aging Indigenous women living with HIV.

The project was implemented as a 4-day event held over the course of two weeks. We are currently in the process of analyzing … We have begun knowledge mobilization with the presentation of process and preliminary results …

This project was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) under the Catalyst Grant: HIV/AIDS Community Based Research Program – Aboriginal Stream.

For more information, please contact

Terry Howard – terry@indigenouswellness.ca