Assigned readings, lecture, and discussion can be augmented with the following assignments:
A. Internet Research
Downloading the latest data on life expectancy and mortality rates for elders from different ethnic populations from websites.
See especially http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm for charts that are updated annually.
Interviewing elders from different ethnic backgrounds other than the students’ own on the help the elders give, receive, and expect from their family members.
See Interview Strategies for guidelines on interviewing ethnic elders.
Presenting the results of the interviews in class to compare and discuss similarities and differences
D. Group Projects
Group projects that address individual disease risks, such as diabetes, by researching the ethnic specific incidence and prevalence, risks of complication by ethnic group, and interviews with ethnic elders who have experienced the disease.