Unveiling Muslim Voices: Aging Parents with Disabilities and Their Adult Children and Family Caregivers in the United States


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Abstract

As the US population grows older and more diverse, it is becoming increasingly necessary to provide culturally sensitive caregiving services for seniors who are ethnically and linguistically diverse. In this article, we review and analyze the caregiving needs, strengths, and challenges of aging Muslim immigrants with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities and the roles that adult children and family caregivers play in providing service alternatives that meet their cultural and religious preferences. Based on an examination of current literature and case scenarios, we present the cultural factors that Muslim families often manage as they seek access to a meaningful life for those in their senior years. The article offers practical and effective approaches for identifying and better addressing a variety of caregiving issues that this group faces.

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