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Cultural Differences




Aged care is now a multicultural environment. Nurses who care for, or work with people from a cultural background different from their own should recognise that certain characteristics are ascribed to people simply by virtue of their being identified with a particular ethnic group. The aim of this chapter is to aid nurses to be sensitive, reach out to elderly people, become aware of their psychological and cultural difficulties and help them to maintain a sense of wellbeing in a foreign culture. This is challenging, but understanding how culture will affect perception will have a significant impact on positive outcomes for all concerned.


Contents include

  • Cultural factors in ageing
  • Health-related cultural contexts
  • Needs of the elderly
  • Managing different behaviours
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Author / Editor Biographies

Aged Care. Professor (Department of Applied Social Studies of the City University of Hong Kong).
Alex Yui-huen Kwan is a professor at the Department of Applied Social Studies of the City University of Hong Kong. He is an active researcher in the gerontology field and has published journal articles on elderly suicide, elderly abuse, attitudes towards older people, caregiver behaviour, and comparative studies on ageing. Alex is the author of several books on the social and psychological care of the aged and has also edited several practical work and training manuals on the subject.

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