Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Asian Aging Refugees and Immigrants in the United States

  • Mitra DasEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_634-2


Old age is a new stage in the life cycle process due to increase in longevity. Living beyond the age of 65 is a modern phenomenon. The number of Americans aged 65 or older has tripled to 40.3 million people from 1950 to 2010 (Zinn et al. 2015). According to one source in 2017, almost 16 percent of Americans fall in this category (U.S. Census Bureau 2017). The number of old people living in contemporary society is higher than it has ever been (Skolnick and Skolnick 2013). The meaning of old age itself has undergone change. Fifty years ago what was considered old is not so anymore. Aging is a biological process; it is also a social construct that defines expectations and social roles of persons in society at different stages of the life cycle process (Giles and Reid 2005). Old age, a stage in the life cycle, is also socially defined. Modernization of old age has social consequences especially when there are no cultural precedents for people reaching old age in a diverse society...

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  1. 1.University of Massachusetts LowellLowellUSA

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  • Danan Gu
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  1. 1.Population Division, Department of Economic and Social AffairsUnited NationsNew YorkUSA