Importance of Ethnogeriatrics

  1. Growing diversity of older Americans and of healthcare providers
  2. Increasing recognition of the importance of cultural issues in health:
    • Standards on cultural competence for health care organization
    • Accreditation by the Joint Commission
    • Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service (CLAS) Standards
      from the Office of Minority Health
  3. Heterogeneity within the populations adds to the complexity for health care providers