What should recreational professionals do when providing services to elderly immigrants

Junhyoung Kim, Jun Surk Park, Jinmoo Heo

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Many studies address quality of life, life satisfaction, and well-being in later life in the United States. Asian elderly immigrants, however, have been beyond the interest of researchers in the leisure and recreation area for a long time, although there has been a dramatic influx of Asian elderly immigrants to the United States. Leisure participation by Asian elderly immigrants has been threatened by leisure barrierslanguage barrier, lack of support network toward new environment, and collapse of family-oriented relationshipbased on acculturative procedures in a host culture. Accordingly, the goal of this paper is to stress the importance of psychosocial activity among Asian elderly immigrants, and to suggest psychosocial activity as an efficient method for recreational professionals to reduce leisure barriers of elderly immigrants by understanding their cultural values and specific life circumstances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-202
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 May 25

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Gerontology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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