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SURVIVAL: CULTURE-SPECIFIC RESOURCES FOR ASIAN INDIAN ELDERS IN THE COMMUNITY. Master's Thesis.

TitleSURVIVAL: CULTURE-SPECIFIC RESOURCES FOR ASIAN INDIAN ELDERS IN THE COMMUNITY. Master's Thesis.
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsVadakkan, MF
Academic DepartmentDepartment of Sociology and Gerontology
DegreeMaster of Gerontological Studies
UniversityMiami University
CityOxford, Ohio. Available from: http://etd.ohiolink.edu/send-pdf.cgi/Vadakkan%20Mary%20F.pdf?miami1115836553
AbstractThis study used in-depth interviews with eight Asian Indian elders and six Asian Indian community leaders to explore how immigrant Asian Indian elders were getting by. This community based study explored culture-specific material and instrumental needs and resources of early and late immigrant elders from the perspectives of elders and community organization leaders. There was a mismatch between what elders themselves would like to see in the community versus what the organization leaders thought was the best option for elders. Family and informal networks played an integral part in providing services such as cleaning, shopping, transportation, entertainment and housing. This paper also describes the implications for service providers due to the diversity prevalent within the Asian Indian community. The lack of culture-specific resources found, such as availability of ethnic food in provider facilities will prove to be a major barrier to access resources.