Dr Jed Montayre is a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. His research areas include social gerontology, aged care nursing and nursing workforce development. Jed’s gerontology research focuses on ageing and immigration. He has written and published several research papers on influence of culture to health, transitions, adjustments and acculturation experience of older immigrants into the mainstream societies. Jed is an associate editor of Australasian Journal on Ageing.
Filial piety and late-life care arrangements for older immigrants: Adult children’s perspectives
Jed Montayre, Western Sydney University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Sydney Australia
AUT Centre for Active Ageing, Auckland, New Zealand
Background: Older immigrants are increasingly represented in destination countries stirring an ongoing dialogue towards multidimensional impacts on population growth, healthcare systems and legislation within host countries. Older ageing immigrants are faced with complexities on their late-life care and living arrangements. From our previous study, we found that predominantly older immigrants were highly dependent on their adult children to decide on late-life care arrangements.
Currently, there is paucity in New Zealand research on immigrant adult children’s perspectives on this issue. This research explores adult children’s (3 largest Asian ethnic groups; Chinese, Indian, and Filipino) views about late-life care arrangements for their ageing immigrant parents in New Zealand.
Method: A qualitative approach using focused ethnography was utilised in this project, which involved 35 face-to-face interviews of older immigrants’ adult children (n=8 Chinese, n=16 Indian and n=11 Filipino) in Auckland, New Zealand. Interviews are being analysed using Braun and Clarke’s qualitative thematic analytical method.
The preliminary findings of this research will be presented with a focus on cultural influences on decision making around late-life care and living arrangements of these Asian ethnic cohorts.
Study findings will inform New Zealand policy on ageing immigrants’ health and care arrangements in later-life. The study also has a huge potential to inform the development of culturally targeted guidelines/toolkit, as a basis for recommendations to healthcare units/services providing late-life care arrangements to older immigrants.
Globally, migrant destination countries will be increasingly challenged to provide culturally congruent health and late-life care services for older immigrants. Healthcare service planners need to understand the importance of engaging with ethnically diverse older adults and their families to better target preferred choices for living arrangements when changing functional abilities and health care needs ensue.