Cross-Cultural Communication and Aging in the United States

Cross-Cultural Communication and Aging in the United States

Cross-Cultural Communication and Aging in the United States

Cross-Cultural Communication and Aging in the United States

Synopsis

Combining three elements - communication, ageing and culture - all of which have an increasingly profound impact on today's multicultural society, this text focuses on older Americans in various communicative contexts within the framework of their cultures.

Excerpt

Part I reviews some general perspectives in cross-cultural communication and aging research. These perspectives demonstrate various issues that greatly affect the lives of our elders. Chapter 1 argues for the need for a cross-cultural communication perspective in communication research on aging. It deals with challenges derived from questionable assumptions about elders and challenges due to the inadequate consideration of culture in communication and aging research. Chapter 2 discusses the perceptions of older women under the lens of culture to discover the framed lines that define them and the challenges that face them in their coping strategies with old age. Chapter 3 advocates that greater accessibility of older people to entertainment and information (infotainment) technology has the potential to reduce their isolation, facilitate friendships across geographical distances, and provide information on a variety of concerns. The challenges of using infotainment technology may improve their quality of life.

The three chapters suggest some of the ways to improve the status of our elders, and the theme of this section is to address some of the challenges that our elders encounter in American society. Although they do not provide a panacea, the ideas presented in this section do provide hope for greater awareness of such challenges.

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