Older Asian Indians resettled in America: Narratives about households, culture and generation

Jyotsna M. Kalavar, John Van Willigen

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Immigration in late life can be a complex experience. Older adults who have spent a considerable part of their life in one cultural milieu face several challenges in adapting to a new societal framework. Demographically speaking, the numbers of immigrants of Asian Indian origin continue to rise phenomenally in the United States. In this project, the experience of Asian Indian elderly immigrants to the United States was recorded through home visits and personal interviews. Parents of adult immigrants often choose to immigrate late in life primarily for purposes of family reunification. Providing assistance with raising grandchildren was also an important consideration. This article explores various aspects that surfaced from the analysis of interviews; these include personal investment in adult children, language/cultural barriers, use of formal services, acculturative experience, aging in India, intergenerational relationships, and expectations for the future. The findings highlight the need for gerontological research that is culturally attuned to the needs of these elders so service delivery may be optimally provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-230
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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