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Different Needs Equals Different Solutions

For many BME older people there is a lack of awareness and adequate information about what their future housing options are, and what kind of housing services and provision may be available that can address their diverse needs. Housing providers also tend to consider that the housing needs of BME communities are homogeneous, rather than considering the different needs and aspirations of different communities. PRIAE has often argued that housing needs to be looked at differently as BME elders often live within a multigenerational environment either by choice, culture and necessity which masks not only poverty but standard of living and elder abuse.

Myths

The common misconception in particular for Asian elders, is that they are looked after by their own. Family structures, traditions and attitudes are changing which means that it is not necessary that the family provides for older peoples material and psychological needs.'

PRIAE has countered these myths that run across policymakers, professionals as well as minority communities, through radio, TV and public speaking programmes. The underlying issue for PRIAE is not that minority ethnic elders live or don't live in intergenerational families, but whether their needs are well supported when they arise.

See PRIAE's 'Out of the Frame', The Guardian article and PRIAE on'Women's hour', Channel 4.