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Review of Transcultural Geriatrics: Caring for Elderly People of Indo-Asian Origin

TitleReview of Transcultural Geriatrics: Caring for Elderly People of Indo-Asian Origin
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSamsi, K, Lawrence, V, Banerjee, S
JournalInternational PsychogeriatricsInternational Psychogeriatrics
Date PublishedDec
Type of ArticleReview-Book
ISBN Number1041-6102<br/>1741-203X
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2006-21956-022
Keywords*Geriatrics, *Social Workers, *Sociocultural Factors, *South Asian Cultural Groups, Aged (Attitudes Toward), Human, Professional Personnel Attitudes & Characteristics [3430], transcultural geriatrics, elderly people, South Asian cultural groups, social care providers, sociocultural factors
AbstractReviews the book Transcultural Geriatrics: Caring for Elderly People of Indo-Asian Origin by Partha Ghosh and Shahid A. Khan (2005). This book represents a timely consideration of the challenges health and social care providers will face as they attempt to meet the needs of one important element of this growing population. The authors focus exclusively on older adults who originated from the Indian sub-continent, using the term "Indo-Asian" to describe them. This book aims to sensitize the reader to the cultural beliefs and behaviors of Indo-Asian elders and to highlight the most effective ways for medical staff to work with them. The information is both practical and accessible and it is to the authors' credit that equal attention is paid to the individual differences within the population. It summarizes in a helpful way the health-related heterogeneity amongst Indo-Asian elders within the U.K. The book addresses medical conditions that are common in Indo-Asians, such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and stroke. The brief chapter on alternative treatment is also useful given its continued prominence within the Indo-Asian community in the U.K. However, the information is limited and further reading is required to gain a functional understanding of this field. It is a useful addition to the literature, providing an accessible account of how historical, social and religious factors shape the health and health-related beliefs of the Indo-Asian elderly today. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).