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Working with Asian Indian American families

TitleWorking with Asian Indian American families
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsPeriyakoil, VS
Book TitleEthnicity and the dementias
PublisherRoutledge/Taylor & Francis Group; US
CityNew York, NY
ISBN Number0-415-95405-3 (Paperback), 978-0-415-95405-1 (Paperback), 0-415-95404-5 (Hardcover), 978-0-415-95404-4 (Hardcover)
Accession NumberBook: 2006-22747-011
Keywords*Dementia, *Elder Care, *Family, *Sociocultural Factors, *South Asian Cultural Groups, Asian Indian American families, cultural attitudes, traditional health beliefs, elders, dementia, health beliefs, risk factors, assessment, disease management, Culture & Ethnology [2930], Disease Management, Gerontology [2860], Health Attitudes, Human, Measurement, Risk Factors, Traditions, us
AbstractAccording to the 2000 census, there are over 1.6 million people of Asian Indian origin in the United States, accounting for about 0.6% of the total U.S. population. Asian Indians make up the third largest subgroup of Asian Americans. Asian Indians in India traditionally have large extended families and a strong family support system. In contrast, Asian Indian Americans living in the United States often have a nuclear family system. However, aging parents who immigrate to live with their children are often financially and socially dependent on their children. Thus, aging Asian Indian Americans may present a mixture of cultural attitudes and beliefs that may be pertinent to their medical treatment. Accordingly, providers may need to understand some of the traditional beliefs relating to health and healing in order to work most effectively with elders with dementia and their families, although there is great variation in the degree to which Asian Indian families practice them. This chapter discusses a variety of issues for consideration when treating elderly Asian Indian Americans, including the traditional family system, traditional health beliefs, risk factors for dementia, and finally, assessment and management of dementia. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).