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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Older Adults in Other Minority Groups

Older Adults in Other Minority Groups

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(p.301) 25 Older Adults in Other Minority Groups
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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging
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Colette Browne

Virginia Richardson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.003.0025

Members of minority groups share a common identity and collectively experience subordination relative to the dominant culture. We typically define minority groups according to such criteria as race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and national origin in the United States. This chapter focuses on older adults from “other minority groups;” specifically, those from marginal religions and regions. The aim is to raise social workers' awareness and understanding of these other older minority persons, highlight salient issues that social workers must address with these older adults, and introduce innovative interventions. The chapter begins by discussing older adults from Jewish and Muslim religions, and then considers older Appalachians and Pacific Islanders.

Keywords:   minority groups, aging, elderly, older adults, social work practice, religion

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