Cultural diversity care

In the United States it was found that racial and ethnic minorities exhibit higher rates of disease, disability, and death – and often receive lower quality of health care than non-minorities (Anderson et al, 68). It is important to consider the ramifications of population ageing through the lens of cultural diversity, particularly in a globalizing world with increasing levels of cross-border and international activities. The varying social and cultural needs of elderly persons must be addressed if we are to offer a full range of care.

There is also a need to respect the cultural diversity of our elderly and work to accommodate these preferences in the case of incapacity or at the end of life. Healthcare and geriatric professionals must be sensitive to the variety of cultural norms that influence a patient or client's preferences. To make quality care universal we must strive to become culturally competent and incorporate varying cultural interpretations of ageing into our thinking and actions.