Senior Immigrants

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This essay will discuss the unique situation of senior immigrants in the hosting society and the various arrangements of elderly care adopted by immigrant families. Factors such as loneliness, language impediment, economic status, and cultural belief impact the lives of many elderly immigrants. Loneliness managed to be one of the key dissatisfactory components regarding senior immigrants in the hosting society. It is harder to travel outside their homes because with growing age they appear to lose their independence. The language barriers also played a role in minimal communication inside and outside their family. More often than not, the younger generations were only able to speak English. With their children working and no one present …show more content…
This section will discuss the several arrangements of elderly care adopted by immigrant families. In the Asian culture, it is morally and socially acceptable of offspring to take care of their aging parents, especially the sons. According to Lan (2002), “ Parents undergo economic and emotional costs in bearing and rearing children [such as] educational investments, purchasing houses, and preparing bride prices for sons” (p. 813). In a nuclear family with a dual income, often they would hire a caregiver to look after the parents-in-law. Also, although more importance is placed on the sons to look after their aging parents, the son's wives are the ones that typically do the job. In the US, immigrant seniors often live with their daughters instead of their sons. But still, many of the elders reside in a different location than their children in the US. Government subsidies are used to help take care of their parents, especially when they work outside of the home and cannot look after them. According to Boyd (1991), “ Living with family may represent economic care, but not necessarily extensive social-emotional care” (p. 24). Some siblings share the financial expenses and hire caregivers to look after their parents in their home. These are typically children that believe that putting their parents in nursing homes is shameful because culturally, no matter what, children should …show more content…
Many of them faced challenges. When the seniors arrived, loneliness is one of the main barriers they face as well as language inabilities. It is hard to integrate into a new society where the language they speak is not widely spoken. It is hard to form social networks when they do not know their way around, and their family has work obligation to support the family. The family members who work and attend school are absent from the home hours at a time. Furthermore, living in suburban areas made it difficult to explore the resources that might be available because they would require accessible transportation compared to if they were residing in an urban community where everything was within walking distance. This analysis also focused on the different arrangements of elderly care. Their families tried to arrange comfortable accommodations for them, especially in the family home. However, there were various situations where they needed more care than what their family could provide for them. Many live on their own for a sense of independence, but some of their conditions prevent them from being independent, and caregivers had intervened and helped them. Some families were able to afford caregiver expenses while other struggles. It is clear that it is not a perfect situation when senior immigrants migrate to the hosting society but they do it anyway to be closer to their

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