In a country that is growing older and more diverse, elder care issues are playing out with particular resonance for many Asian-Americans, notes an article from The New York Times in January 2014. Language barriers and cultural traditions that put a premium on living with and caring for the elderly further complicate the issue at a time when the population of older Asian-Americans is surging. According to the Administration on Aging, an agency of the Health and Human Services Department, the number of Asian, Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders over age 65 is expected to grow to 2.5 million by 2020 and 7.6 million by 2050, from fewer than one million in 2000.
As Asian parents age, Asian-Americans are commonly expected to care for their parents at home. Filial piety, or respect for one’s elders—a concept based on Confucian philosophy—was a large part of Asian Americans’ cultural expectations. Join us for a discussion of these culturally sensitive issues with Asian American staff and faculty.