Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Faculty Scholar Seminar

"Caring for Limited English Speaking Elderly: The Roles of Ethnic Social Service Agencies in a Global City"

Naoko Muramatsu
UIC Associate Professor, Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health & Department of Sociology

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 2:00pm

Great Cities Institute, CUPPAH 400
412 South Peoria, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
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Global cities have become “homes away from home” for a growing number of aging immigrants. Paid caregivers play increasingly important roles in the lives of limited English speaking elderly as they experience declining physical and cognitive function. As employers of those caregivers, ethnic social services agencies serve as cornerstones of urban immigrant communities. Dr. Muramatsu will discuss how such organizations contribute to the well-being of aging immigrants in Chicago with implications for the long-term care system in the U.S. She will argue that coalitions of these ethnic organizations provide Chicago with a strong foundation for becoming an aging-friendly global city.

Dr. Muramatsu’s research focuses on health and aging, access to and quality of health services, policies related to long-term care and services for older persons, long-term care workforce, and cross-cultural analysis.

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