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CHAPTER 25


Age of Wisdom: Elderly
Black Women in Family
and Church


 Jane W. Peterson

 

 

    One historical response of African American peoples has been to establish community-based mechanisms of support that could buffer the shock of long-term discrimination on the individual. Medical anthropologist Jane Peterson draws upon her experience as a professional nurse and explores the participation of older women in both extended family and church-based care systems in an African American community in Seattle, Washington.

 

 

RELATED RESOURCES

Harvey, I. 2008. “Spiritual Beliefs and Illness Management among Older African American Men.” African American Perspectives 10(1). Available online at: www.rcgd.isr.umich.edu/prba.

 

King, S., E. Burgess, M. Akinyela, M. Counts-Spriggs and N. Parker. 2005. “Your Body Is God’s Temple: The Spiritualization of Health Beliefs in Multigenerational African American Families.” Research on Aging 27(4):420–46.

 

Lee, O. and T. Sharpe. 2007. “Understanding Religious/Spiritual Coping and Support Resources among African American Older Adults: A Mixed-Method Approach.” Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging 19(3):55–75.

 

Ruiz, D. 2004. Amazing Grace: African American Grandmothers as Caregivers and Conveyers of Traditional Values. Westport, CT: Praeger.

 

 

 

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