Today's Date: April 11, 2021
The Drone Champions League puts female drone pilots in the global spotlight with the DCL Women's Cup   •   Humanitarian Leaders Jamie Aten and Kent Annan launch petition to encourage Evangelicals to get vaccinated against COVID-19   •   CGTN: From well-educated students to radicalized extremists in Xinjiang   •   The American Legion Calls POW/MIA Flag above White House "A Poignant Reminder"   •   Winning Startups Receive $25,000 through Sunstone Innovation Challenge at CSULB   •   Who’s Getting Vaccinated in the US?   •   Charmin® Works to Protect, Grow and Restore Forests   •   Pets play important role in easing children's loneliness and stress intensified by virtual schooling in lockdown   •   Wolters Kluwer Podcast Sheds Light on Key Factors Impacting Effective Banking Compliance   •   Get Start to Train Your Own Service Dog Online with Service Dog Training School International - Certified Service Dog Training C   •   Publix Pharmacy Now Offering COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments in North Carolina   •   Call for Programs Opens for 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions   •   PG&E Contributes $500,000 to Restaurant Resilience Fund to Strengthen Businesses for the Long-Term   •   ‘Coming Out for Love’ LGBTQ Reality Dating Show Headed for Romance, Fun, Happy Endings This Fall   •   Molina Healthcare of California Partners with San Bernardino County for COVID-19 Vaccinations   •   Minister Schulte and Minister Hajdu announce the appointment of three new members to the National Seniors Council   •   genEquality’s First Inclusive Safety Mural Launches at Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, Queens   •   Ather Sharif Awarded The Excellence in Entrepreneurial Leadership Award In Honor of Michael Ferro   •   BET Remembers Hip-Hop Icon DMX With Special Linear Programming Today Starting At 6PM/5C   •   Barna and Gloo To Release New City-Specific Research Experience For Church Leaders
Bookmark and Share

Abuse Of Elderly US Chinese A Growing Problem

 CHICAGO  — Mistreatment of older Chinese adults in the U.S. is perceived to be a pervasive, but underreported, problem, according to a study that used community focus groups composed of elders to explore the issue. Neglect and psychological (verbal and emotional) abuse by caregivers, usually adult children, were the most serious types of mistreatment, they reported.

The study, published in the Journal of Aging and Health and led by Dr. XinQi Dong, a geriatrician and researcher at Rush University Medical Center, was conducted in collaboration with a community group called the Chinese American Service League in Chicago. It is one of just a handful of studies dealing with the issue of elder maltreatment among Chinese immigrants, a topic that is rarely discussed in Chinese populations because of high cultural sensitivity about the issue, low level of awareness, reluctance to reveal problems to maintain family harmony and honor, and the perception that elder mistreatment is a private family matter.

“Instead of shying away in our focus group interviews, older adults were vocal about their interests in these topics and their desire to find out proven ways to improve the situation, including how to report cases of elder mistreatment,” Dong said.

The 39 Chinese seniors who participated in the focus groups reported a variety of disturbing accounts of neglect, including caregivers who did not adequately feed an older man or who spoke abusively to an elderly parent, telling him to die. Accounts were given also of adult children who deceived parents out of financial holdings, property, and food stamps.

The seniors believed that only the local community service center could provide assistance—not a medical doctor or the police, unless a criminal matter was involved in the mistreatment. Even then, many stated they would be reluctant to report a case because of shame or fear of retaliation.

Dong said that elder mistreatment, though largely ignored, is a pressing issue in the U.S. Chinese population. Seniors in the U.S. are particularly vulnerable because of fewer support systems and the stress of adapting to a different culture.

“Understanding how Chinese older adults define and perceive elder mistreatment is crucial, especially when challenges in Chinese immigrant families are likely to increase the vulnerability of older adults,” Dong said. 


STORY TAGS: ASIAN NEWS, ASIAN AMERICAN NEWS, ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER NEWS, MINORITY NEWS, CIVIL RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, DIVERSITY, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News