Sociocultural Differences in Perspectives on Aging

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Respond to at least two colleagues who addressed cultures that are different from the ones you addressed. Share an insight from reading your colleagues' postings. Describe how you might incorporate the cultural perspectives on aging described by your colleagues into your own social work practice.

Support your responses with specific references to the resources. If you are using additional articles, be sure to provide full APA-formatted citations for your references. Use at lease two references.

Please respond to first colleague and second colleague separately.

Tags: experiences friends R. J. C. H. & Kirst-Ashman First colleague Comparison of cultures perspective on aging Older individuals are often seen as being frail and cognately impaired (Voss Kornadt Hess Fung & Rothermund 2017). To outsiders their lives hold far less weight compared to younger individuals and they may suffer unjust treatment (Voss et al. 2017). An older individual is often forced to quit working at a certain age which can leave them in a position of being unable to support themselves ( 2016). I am African American and in my culture aging from a physical standpoint is seen as a positive aspect due to our background. A saying that is o for the most part they are taken care of by their families especially those older individuals who have children. There is a notion that your parents took care of you as and wisdom. In doing research I learned about the Chinese and German culture's perspective on aging. From both a Chinese and German cultural perspective on aging family and financial stability are extremely important (Voss et al. 2017). In both cultures the bonds between the younger and older population are strong (Voss et al. 2017). Families often come back to living together when older individuals stop working and retire (Voss et al. 2017). The importance of family and friends are similar to my culture because the relationships with family members and the importance of staying conn I can remember how my elders almost forced relationships among my cousins and me as well as organized family reunions and gathering any chance they go one difference I saw was the importance of finances. I feel in my culture most individuals who have money are not often taught how to save and or inve I might have a client who is need of housing resources who very well may have a family member who has the necessary resources to take them in. However in that culture that may not be how they go about aging. As a social worker I will have to take into account how that culture views aging to understand more about the resources that a client may need. Also social workers may go into a case with preconceived views from their own culture only to have to be faced with differences. Second colleague RaeAnitia Comparison of different cultural perspectives on aging. Being an African-American aging is typically praised by statements like “aging like fine wine” and elders are commonly seen as the backbone of the family. Older age individuals both cultures share very common views to old age as my African-American culture does. Korean culture tends to see aging in terms of the Confucian Prin 2017). Korean’s also commonly have a big celebration to mark individual’s 60th birthday as many of their ancestors would not have made it to this age 2017). Indian culture also respects their elders as they tend to be the head of the household are sought out for advice on a range of issues and provide the final word in the settling of disputes (Carapella 2017). Indian families also tend to be joint family units so elders are supported by the younger members in return for helping to raise their grandchildren (Carapella 2017). Placing an elder family member is seen as disrespectful and holds a poor social stigma within the Indian culture (Carapella 2017). Explanation on why these differences exist. I believe the commonality between all three cultures when it comes to aging has something to do w the grandmother is typically the person who introduces religion to the family and therefore highly respected and sought out for her wisdom as religion also holds very strong civil rights ties (Taylor Chatters & Jackson 2007). While Indian and Korean culture tends to hold spiritual beliefs tied into Eastern religious practices of Buddhism and Hinduism that anticipate therefore seeing elders as needing to be cared for respected and prepared for their peaceful transition (HealthCare Chaplaincy 2013). How differing perspectives on aging may impact social work practice. I think the findings regarding each culture’s unique view on old-age and knowing that Indian families tend to consist of joint family units with the elders being supported by the younger members and that sending elders to nursing homes holds strong negative stigmas (Carapella 2017) services that include the participation of the entire family to make major decisions and services that assist that individual in remaining in the hom Homemaker Services and Lifeline assistance (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman 2016). The same can be utilized for Korean cultured families. However I believe it’s also important to note that Korean-American Indian-American and African-American families may show more westernized views on aging depending on how long they’ve been in the United States. Therefore some families may see old-age individuals as a burden and they should also be monitored for instances of elder abuse through programs like adult prote 2016). References: Carapella I. (2017 December 6). 7 cultures that celebrate aging and respect their elders. Huffpost: LIFE. Retrieved from Chatters L. M. & Jackson J. S. (2007). Religious and spiritual involvement among older African Americans Caribbean Blacks and Non-Hispanic Whites: Findings from the National Survey of American Life. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B 62(4) pp. s238-s250. Zastrow K. K. (2016). Understanding human behavior and the social environment (10th ed.). Boston MA: Cengage Learning. Chapter 16

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Sociocultural Differences in perspective
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Disparities in cultural perspectives are widespread. These differences make us who we are.
Looking at the disparities, the gap between them is not significant. They both love and honor the
elderly although in different ways. The Chinese and the Germans, move in together with the older
adult while the African American, although they don’t move in with the elderly, ensure that the
person receives the care they need. They can also send them to a home for the elderly if they lack
the time and resources ...

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