European-American Elderly - A Guide for Practice. Hayes CL, Kalish RA, and Guttmann D (Eds.). New York, NY, Springer Publishing Company, 1986, 272 pages, hardback.
This book is meant to guide the reader to information, program strategies, and service models that will be helpful in working with the Euro-American elderly and their families. This book's 13 chapters are divided into three parts. The first part of the book, entitled "Sociocultural Background," includes chapters on a perspective of Euro-American elderly, the meanings of ethnicity, the significance of language and cultural barriers and a demographic profile that focuses on immigrants from 11 European countries.
"Social Institutions" is the title of the second part of the book; its three chapters focus on families, the significance of neighborhoods, and religion and the church.
Part three, entitled "Programs and Services," includes six chapters covering topics such as implications for service organizations, the role of government, non-government resources, collaboration, the need for educating and training individuals to work with EuroAmerican Elderly.
The intended authence of this book appears to be the social worker and those individuals who frequently interact with the EuroAmerican elderly and their families in the community. Although health issues are occasionally addressed, they represent only a minor portion of the content of this work.
The repetitive theme of this text is that those groups that constitute the Euro-American elderly have been ignored by the government. The authors state that the limited English-speaking elderly are a culturally diverse minority group with specific needs. As a consequence, the Euro-American elderly should be entitled to those government services that currently benefit the more traditional minority groups.