Diversity: New Approaches to Ethnic Minority Aging

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As our society evolves, it continues to become increasingly diverse both ethnically and racially. This diversity is primarily due to populations continuing to age, individuals living longer, and people migrating from their once isolated environments. While the entire nation must face these changes it is especially important for the aging network to do so. With the prospect of approximately 65 million persons in the U.S. being sixty-five and older by the year 2030, there is urgent need to plan for the acceptance and recognition of these diverse groups. Diversity in the older population will require us to distinguish between that which is generic and common to all older persons irrespective of race, language, and ethnicity, and those particular factors that necessitate culturally and linguistically specific responses. As we continue to move away from assimilation—the melting-pot-concept—we should move toward an understanding of diversity that allows for the coexistence of different cultures and ethnic identities. Furthermore, we should look to incorporate the notion of acculturation—where the goal is to enable individuals to function successfully in society by eliminating such barriers as racism and nativism. The ideas and perspectives contained in this important monograph examine the evolutionary and future considerations for diversity in aging.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895031020
  • Publisher: Baywood Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: Generations and Aging Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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