ERIC Number: ED249424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-20
Reference Count: 0
To Be Old, Gifted, and Black...Untapped Resources.
McDonald, Jessyna M.
The population of older black Americans is a growing, underutilized resource. Research on the status of older black Americans suggests that race is among the major factors influencing economic status and social mobility. Recent census data and projections confirm that to be old and black is a liability rather than an asset. As this population lives longer, increasing concern for their physical and emotional well being is justified. However, although current trends and projections reflect a pessimistic view of the future, the fact that older black Americans have survived and coped with barriers to economic and social mobility leaves room for optimism. They can use their survival skills to help alleviate current problems within their communities. In light of dwindling financial resources, unique and alternative service delivery models must be developed. Service providers must become proactive advocates for the community. Based on their unique and creative survival skills, black elderly individuals can be used as advisors, consultants, instructors, counselors, leaders, and technicians in peer support, family support, and community support service roles. Such service would promote opportunities for self-help and community integration of the black elderly through meaningful roles. (A figure detailing the resource support systems model for black elderly is included.) (BL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Gerontological Society (30th, Anaheim, CA, March 17-21, 1984).