Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 223-271

First online:

Caring for self and others: Second generation Polish American elders in an ethnic club

  • Veronica F. RempusheskiAffiliated withBeth Israel Hospital

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This article reveals the process and findings of a 3-year field experience at a Polish American ethnic club in Southwest USA. Precipitated by a clinical problem in the care of an elderly Polish American man, the purpose of this study was to describe the meaning of caring from the perspective of community-dwelling, second generation Polish American elderly. Ten categories and eight themes were inferred from content analysis of transcribed interviews with 7 key informants and represent the elderly-club members' view of caring. Recommendations include nursing care and research strategies with elders and suggested hypotheses for future study.

Key Words

caring elderly ethnic identity nursing Polish American self-care