Asian elders are less happy, get less support than elders of other races, study shows

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From NBC News: “Only 54 percent of Asian American older adults surveyed said they were satisfied with their lives, compared with 80 percent of respondents of other races and ethnicities. Similarly, 56 percent of Asian American elders reported usually or always receiving needed social and emotional support — a significantly lower share than the 80 percent of people of other groups. Shimkhada said there are no significant differences based on income level or household size.”

“The pandemic has increased social isolation and loneliness among older adults that could have led to even lower levels of life satisfaction. A new report by the Asian American Federation found that 75 percent of Asian older adults in New York are afraid to leave their homes as a result of anti-Asian violence. But the uptick in anti-Asian hate incidents, Shimkhada said, has also generated an upswell of community support for older adults, notably in the form of volunteer patrol groups, that could also promote feelings of support.”

Asian elders are less happy, get less support than elders of other races, study shows

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