Caring for Oneself and Others at Home and at Work
Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Lisa M. Calvano
Chapter 9: Residential segregation and health of African Americans: challenges for the future
With the “graying” of America, the composition of the U.S. population will change significantly in the next few decades. The proportion of elderly citizens will increase at a higher rate for the non-white population compared to whites. Significant disparities exist in the quality of health among the elderly population. One important issue that needs to be dealt with is caregiving to the elderly population. This study shows that health disparities between the African American and white elderly population may arise from a multitude of factors, such as exposure to constant poverty, income inequality, and deprivation of material goods. Additionally, psychological trauma resulting from discrimination, stress, and isolation, and behavioral patterns resulting from living in segregated neighborhoods are important contributors to the adverse health outcomes of African Americans.
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