ERIC Number: ED259245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Consideration of Ethnic Variables in the Assessment of Frail Elderly.
Cole, Lois H.
In order to appropriately assess the needs of the frail elderly, and to establish effective treatment plans and goals, ethnic variables must be considered. Ethnicity can affect individuals in various ways as they age. One's sense of self and perception of others in later life are influenced by the values and traditions of one's ethnic heritage. Ethnicity affects the informal supports and resources available to the frail eldely and their acceptance and use of community services. Nationality, urban or rural background, number of generations removed from immigration, age at immigration, reason for immigration, and the historical period of immigration all have prominent roles in the understanding of frail elderly immigrants. Family relationships and expectations, religion, health and medical care, and nutrition and diet are significant factors in assessing and planning for their care. In dealing with ethnic individuals, it is important to know how various groups approach growing older and meet the changes that come with old age and death. Among different nationalities there are different perceptions of aging, different definitions of problems, and different solutions, especially who is responsible for solving the problems of aging. In the assessment process, workers must consider the elderly client as an individual, a member of a minority group, and also as belonging to a specific ethnic group. (NRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (37th, San Antonio, TX, November 16-20, 1984).