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Self-Assessment of Health Status of Aged Chinese-Canadians

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This paper reports on aspects of the subjective evaluation of perceived health status of aged Chinese-Canadians in Toronto. The survey data revealed that an extremely high proportion, 80.4% ofrespondents (N=140) were satisfied with their own health. Of the remainder, 13.7% were dissatisfied, 5.8% had mixed feelings. Are these aged Chinese respondents leading a life without much health problems? A closer examination of their apparent satisfaction reveals that ethnicity, the extent to which Chinese traditional health beliefs and practices can be sustained, and their self-defined appropriate role in a changed sociocultural milieu have great impact on their aging process and experience. The paper concludes that the combined effect of changing socio-demographic characteristics interfacing with their distinctive cultural traits about aging in a changed sociocultural milieu have significantly affected the self-assessment of their health status.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology, York University, North York, M3J 1P3, Canada.


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