Understanding aging well in culturally diverse Australian communities: the case of older men living in rural Victoria

Susan Ellen Feldman, Harriet Lindsay Radermacher

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Abstract

The Australian population is aging. Thirteen percent of the population was aged 65 years and over in 2006 (Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2006), with this number projected to increase to 23 by 2026. While it is difficult to access specific numbers of older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) living in rural areas, a substantial number of people are growing old outside of urban cities and towns. This paper will report on a recent qualitative study that investigated the issues faced by aging men from four CALD communities in rural Australia. Specifically, we sought to understand the barriers and facilitators perceived by older men (and their families) in seeking support, assistance, and accessing health and well-being services in a rural area in the state of Victoria. This paper will address the following questions: What are the key health and well-being concerns for older CALD men? How do older men s attitudes and expectations about their traditional roles within their families impact their experience of aging well? Is the health and well-being of these men compromised due to their age, ethnicity, gender, and rural location? Or is there another part of the picture we are missing - a more positive account of resilience and strength in terms of understanding the perspectives of older rural CALD men?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3 - 22
Number of pages20
JournalSenri Ethnological Studies
Volume87
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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