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Experiences of aging among immigrants from India to the United States: social work practice in a global context

TitleExperiences of aging among immigrants from India to the United States: social work practice in a global context
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBhattacharya, G, Shibusawa, T
JournalJ Gerontol Soc WorkJ Gerontol Soc Work
Volume52
Pagination445-62
Date PublishedJul
ISBN Number0163-4372 (Print)<br/>0163-4372 (Linking)
Accession Number19585322
KeywordsAcculturation, Aged, Aging/ ethnology, Asian Americans/ psychology, Cultural Characteristics, Demography, Emigrants and Immigrants, Family/ethnology, Geriatrics, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Services for the Aged/utilization, Humans, India/ethnology, Internationality, Life Change Events, New York City, Social Work, United States/epidemiology
AbstractThe aging of immigrants is a critical component in the health dynamics of the nation's aging population. To date, few studies have addressed within-group diversity and linked contemporary contexts of global connectedness with the aging experiences of older immigrants. This study aims to conceptually understand the diversity in aging dynamics within a specific immigrant group: Indian immigrants in New York City. The impact of globalization and transnational connection on aging experiences on 2 within groups-Indians who came to the United States at age of 65 or older (LLIs) and those who came at an early age (ELIs) are analyzed. Implications for social work practice, research and policy are discussed.