Supporting Immigrant Seniors Over the Age of 65 Years in BC to Maintain Mental Health While Living in Community Care and Assisted Living
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This thesis reviews the psychological challenges facing immigrants to the Lower Mainland, British Columbia, from East Asia and South Asia. Analysis of demographics and epidemiology shows that major issues are socio-economic status, loneliness, cultural expectations, and the changing status and role of aging citizens. Maintaining a cultural identity in an individualistic culture with a developmental background in a collectivist culture can lead to psychological blending or splitting, or social isolation. Socially, Acculturative Family Distancing (AFD) influences communication and emotional contact. Recommendations for clinical interventions targeted at these issues, including specific forms of cognitive-behavioral support and intervention, are presented. Discussion focuses on how deliberate forms of intervention can support positive aging, progressive social policy, and health care costs containment.