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ERIC Number: EJ784830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0714-9808
Housing and Living Arrangements of South Asian Immigrant Seniors in Edmonton, Alberta
Ng, Cheuk Fan; Northcott, Herbert C.; Abu-Laban, Sharon McIrvin
Canadian Journal on Aging, v26 n3 p185-194 Fall 2007
The Canadian population is aging and becoming more ethnically diverse. This paper focuses on South Asian immigrant seniors and examines differences in housing and living arrangements among seniors who immigrated at different life stages. We interviewed a convenience sample of 161 immigrant seniors of South Asian descent in Edmonton, Alberta, to assess type of living arrangement, type of housing and "dwelling density" (measured in persons per room), activity in the neighbourhood, and means of transportation. Overall, those seniors who came to Canada before the end of mid-life were more likely than those who came at an older age to drive a car and, if married, to live in a one- or two-generation family. Women were more likely than men to be widowed, have poorer English-language skills, or live with a three-generation family if unmarried, and less likely to drive a car. Most respondents were satisfied with their living arrangements, housing, and perceived safety at home and in their neighbourhood. Theoretical implications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada