Age Through Ethnic Lenses

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An ever-more diverse America is getting older, but American policies are not growing with the needs of our ethnic and aging society. Age Through Ethnic Lenses explores the distinct characteristics and unique social, political, economic, and cultural situations of America's aged, while highlighting the common needs and objectives among all aging Americans. With portraits of Asians, Latinos, individuals of European and African origins, Native Americans, Socio-religious groups, women, gay men and women, and the rural aged, this book broadens our perspective on the issues of long-term care, and provides a valuable guide for future public policy as we enter the twenty-first century.

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Editorial Reviews

A valuable resource for gerontological researchers and practitioners alike, for it is truly multicultural and contains a wealth of information and well thought out public policy considerations.
Journal Of Gerontological Social Work
Recommended to all those readers who are interested in learning more about other cultures but may not know where to begin.
A valuable resource for gerontological researchers and practitioners alike, for it is truly multicultural and contains a wealth of information and well thought out public policy considerations.
Essie Manuel Rutledge
This book is a valuable resource for academicians, researchers, and service professionals, and policy-makers. It provides insights and perspectives that take us away from viewing ageing and elderly care in monolithic or homogenous ways.
Donald E. Gelfand
The editor and her colleagues offer us a book of the new millennium in which the United States has clearly become a mosaic of diverse cultures and a country with major immigrant inflows. This early in the twenty-first century it is hard to predict how all aspects of American culture, including attitudes and care provided to older persons, will be affected by these new, diverse ethnic cultures. Thankfully, Age through Ethnic Lenses increases our consciousness of the current requirements of these groups and possible programs and policies to meet them.
Twenty-one contributions from academics and researchers focus on care for the ethnic elderly. A sampling of topics includes Japanese American elderly, invited Korean elderly and their married children, care options for older Mexican Americans, aging Haitian Americans in New York City, Native American elderly, and the status of older people in the Italian American family. Coverage extends to elders in particular socioreligious groups such as Mormons and Amish, the rural elderly, and considerations of sexual orientation and gender. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742501133
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Katz Olson is professor of political science at Lehigh University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Multi-Culturalism and Long-term Care: The Aged and their Caregivers Part 2 Asian Americans Chapter 3 The Chinese Elderly: Values and Issues in Receiving Adequate Care Chapter 4 Japanese American Elderly Chapter 5 Intimacy at a Distance, Korean-American Style: The Invited Korean Elderly and their Married Children in the United States Chapter 6 Caring for Elderly Vietnamese Americans Part 7 Latino Americans Chapter 8 Care Options for Older Mexican Americans: Issues Impacting Health and Long-term Care Service Needs Chapter 9 Puerto Rican Elderly Part 10 Elderly of African Descent Chapter 11 Urban African American Elderly Chapter 12 Diasporic Aging: Haitian-Americans in New York City Part 13 Native Americans Chapter 14 American Indian and Alaskan Native Elderly Part 15 Socio-Religious Groups Chapter 16 Mormon Elderly Chapter 17 Mutual Aid and Elders in Amish Society Chapter 18 Jewish Aged: Diversity in Need and Care Solutions Chapter 19 Growing Old in an Arab-American Family Part 20 Elderly of European Origin Chapter 21 Aging in Polonia: Polish and Polish american Elderly Chapter 22 Irish-American Care of the Aged Chapter 23 The Status of Older People in the Italian American Family Chapter 24 The Interplay of Aging and Ethnicity: Filial Responsibility and Greek Americans Part 25 Gender and Sexual Orientation Chapter 26 Caring for Gay and Lesbian Elderly Chapter 27 Gender and Long-term Care: Women as Family Care Givers, Workers, and Recipients Part 28 Rural Elderly Chapter 29 Long Term Care: The Case of the Rural Elderly Chapter 30 Index Chapter 31 About the Contributors

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