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Elderly people from ethnic minorities: a report on four projects

Author:
BOWLING Benjamin
Publisher:
Age Concern Institute of Gerontology
Publication year:
1990
Pagination:
60p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Examines and analyses the background, aims, and objectives of four innovatory projects and looks at their progress over three years of DHSS funding. The projects were based in Berkshire, Lancashire, Northampton and Southall.

Book

Ageing minorities: black people as they grow old in Britain

Author:
FENTON Steve
Publisher:
Commission For Racial Equality
Publication year:
1987
Pagination:
32p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London
Book

Black elderly people in Britain

Author:
FENTON Steve
Publisher:
University of Bristol. Department of Sociology
Publication year:
1987
Pagination:
39p.
Place of publication:
Bristol
Book

Black elders: a discussion paper

Author:
LALLJIE Ros
Publisher:
Nottinghamshire. Social Services Department
Publication year:
1983
Pagination:
29p., tables, bibliog.
Place of publication:
Nottingham
Book

Elders of the ethnic minority groups

Authors:
BHALLA Anil, BLAKEMORE Ken
Publisher:
All Faiths for One Race
Publication year:
1981
Pagination:
59p.
Place of publication:
Birmingham
Journal article

Caregiving as Ministry: perceptions of African Americans providing care for elders

Authors:
BENNETT Susanne, SHERIDAN Michael J., RICHARDSON Francesca
Journal article citation:
Families in Society, 95(1), 2014, pp.51-58.
Publisher:
The Alliance for Children and Families

This article provides qualitative findings from a community-based, mixed-method study of African American caregivers of elders. Using constant comparative analysis of 21 in-depth interviews, investigators explored the reciprocal, interactive influence between caregiving and religion or spirituality. Findings suggested that participants perceived their approach to care as a personal ministry. Analysis of the core category of Caregiving as Ministry identified four characteristics of the participant's care approach: (a) caregiving is an honor and a blessing, (b) caregiving is my identity, (c) caregiving is sustained by a personal relationship with God, and (d) caregiving is a higher calling from God. The article concludes with three implications for direct and community-based social work practice. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

Acculturation and functional disability among older Vietnamese-Americans

Journal article citation:
Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 23(1), 2014, pp.20-35.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This study examined the association between acculturation and functional disability among Vietnamese-Americans ages 65 and older. Data came from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 3.0 of the U.S. Census data. This sample consisted of 2,610 older Vietnamese-Americans representing 5.2% of Vietnamese-Americans from the 2000 U.S. Census data. The authors examined three alternative structural equation models depicting the association between acculturation and functional disability while controlling for possible influences of selected covariates: age, sex, education, income, and length of residence in the United States. Findings indicated that the model depicting the effect of acculturation on functional disability had a better fit than the model depicting the effect of functional disability on acculturation. The non-recursive model, which tested the reciprocal association between acculturation and functional disability, provided strong evidence for the effect of acculturation on functional disability. Findings of the study suggest that researchers should examine the complexity of acculturation and functional disability in the context of immigrants’/refugees’ age and pre-migration experiences. Where immigrants and refugees come from plays a key role in their acculturation and health status. Immigrant and refugee services should focus not only on general acculturation skills, but also on health acculturation skills. (Publisher abstract)

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Older people from black and minority ethnic groups: selected readings

Author:
CENTRE FOR POLICY ON AGEING
Publisher:
Centre for Policy on Ageing
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
59p.
Place of publication:
London

A selective bibliography on older people from black and minority ethnic groups. The references are drawn from the Ageinfo, the database of ageing and older age from the Centre for Policy on Ageing. A reference and short descriptive abstract is included for each reference.

Journal article

Comparison of elderly suicide rates among migrants in England and Wales with their country of origin

Authors:
SHAH Ajit, LINDESAY James, DENNIS Mick
Journal article citation:
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24(3), March 2009, pp.292-299.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

The black and minority ethnic (BME) elderly population size in England and Wales has progressively increased over the last three decades. A study comparing suicide rates among elderly migrants in England and Wales and in their country of origin using the latest available mortality data from the Office of National Statistics and the World Health Organization was conducted. There were wide variations in standardised mortality ratios for elderly suicides among migrants from different countries compared with those born in England and Wales and in their country of origin. There was convergence towards elderly suicide rates for England and Wales in some migrant groups in males in the age-bands 65-74 years and 75 + years, and in females in the age-band 75 + years. However, males aged 75 + years from most migrant groups had higher rates than those born in England and Wales. A more detailed analysis of suicide of older people from migrant groups is required to determine vulnerability and protective influences.

Journal article

Care provision for African American elders: family attitudes and strategies

Author:
STEWART Pearl
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 6(1), 2008, pp.61-81.
Publisher:
Routledge
Place of publication:
Philadelphia

This study uses a qualitative method and a Kinscripts perspective to examine in detail the attitudes towards caring for their elderly members of a large, extended African American family originating in rural North Carolina. Forty-eight interviews with family members aged 15 to 80 revealed a continued strong commitment to providing care for older people at home, which pre-dates slavery and has its roots in West African culture. There is an emphasis on spreading tasks across a broad range of family members rather than relying on a primary carer, with the majority of older people continuing to live in their own homes. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street,  Binghamton, NY 13904-1580).

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