Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. For Asian women 65 and older, the suicide rate is double that of their non-Hispanic white peers. Additionally, access to culturally and linguistically competent mental health care providers is limited. Therefore, even for those who do seek help, it becomes a challenge to find the appropriate care. The Federation organized the Elderly Suicide Prevention and Education Campaign, an initiative that promotes elderly Asian suicide prevention and awareness in the community, among professionals and for family members and caregivers. To learn more about the initiative, please visit, www.
Etiquette in Asia
Cultural Values of Asian Patients and Families | Dimensions of Culture
People have been aging since the beginning of time. When examining a universal human experience such as aging , it can be both interesting and helpful to see how people in other and places and times approached the topic. However, some cultures treat their elderly with more respect and dignity than others. For example, in Japan, seniors are highly respected and even celebrated.
How Do Different Cultures Take Care of Seniors?
Etiquette in Asia varies from country to country even though certain actions may seem to be common. No article on the rules of etiquette , nor any list of faux pas, can ever be complete. As the perception of behaviors and actions vary, intercultural competence is essential. A lack of knowledge about the customs and expectations of Asian people can make even those with good intentions seem rude , foolish , and disrespectful. Asian etiquette is often manifested with shades of "respect", "good manners" and "filial", and is highly influenced by Chinese culture.