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Senior Housing Answers Needs Of Aging Asian-Americans

Aegis Living CEO Dwayne Clark, left, and development manager Brian Palmore at the future location of the Chinese-themed retirement home Aegis Gardens in Newcastle, Washington. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)
Aegis Living CEO Dwayne Clark, left, and development manager Brian Palmore at the future location of the Chinese-themed retirement home Aegis Gardens in Newcastle, Washington. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)

It’s a dilemma many American families confront: when to ask mom or pop if they’re ready to move into an old folks’ home.

For newer Americans, the very idea often clashes with cultural expectations. A for-profit senior housing chain and a Seattle nonprofit are separately investing millions of dollars to expand senior living options specifically geared for Chinese elders. The demand for this housing reflects changing attitudes among Asian immigrant families about how to give and receive care in old age.

Tom Banse, with Here & Now contributor Northwest News network, reports from Seattle.

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