Somali Elder Care: A Guide for Healthcare in the West

Authors: Meyran A. Omar St. Cloud State University
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As a Somali woman that has had shared experiences with the rest of the Somali people as well as shared experiences in the academic setting with many different people from different parts of the globe, I have gained many insights from these experiences and interactions that I would like to share with others. Concepts of aging among the Somali’s have changed with the process of immigration. As soon as they arrived to countries around the globe, many of the traditional roles were challenged and in some cases changed altogether. Abdi (2012) states that: “In fact, Somalis are the largest African refugee population in the U.S. today, accounting for 5.5 percent of all refugees admitted between 1983 and 2000, but 25.4 percent of those admitted between 2001 and 2005” (p. 94).

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