Friday, January 17, 2014
The number of elderly Asian-Americans is surging and their children are struggling with how to handle it.
From 2000 to 2020, the number of Asian-Americans over age 65 is expected to grow from one million to 2.5 million. And for many of these Asian-Americans, nursing homes are not an option.
Cultural traditions dictate that children should live with and care for their elderly parents. However, these traditions are being eroded by the increasing number of families that are geographically dispersed as well as the increasing amount of families in which both spouses must work. Even families that decide to place parents in a nursing home find that language barriers can be a huge hurdle.
See Tanzina Vega, As Parents Age, Asian-Americans Struggle to Obey a Cultural Code, The New York Times, Jan. 14, 2014.
Special thanks to Lewis Saret for bringing this article to my attention.