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AARP Multicultural Survey July 2001

  • About two-thirds of the African American older boomers speak with their parents weekly or more often. A higher proportion of African Americans (36%, as opposed to 26% of the rest of the cohort), however, talk to their parents daily. This is probably attributable to the higher likelihood of living closer to their parents or in-laws.

  • African Americans are the most likely to say doctors (50%), governmental agencies (23%), and social workers (19%) have helped them.

  • In the past five years, and in a proportion (52%) similar to that which prevails among other ethnic and racial groups, many African Americans have set aside personal time to do things they want so they can better care for family members (52%). Similarly, 39 percent take time off work. Others have enlisted the aid of family members (34%), reduced the amount of time worked at their jobs (16%), or hired an aide, nanny, nurse, maid, or some other helper (10%). More women (39%) than men (29%) have gotten family members to pitch in.

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      Asian Americans

Asian Americans constitute about four percent of the sandwich generation and have very distinct attitudes and family care habits.

Family structure: The family structures and childbearing experiences of older Asian American baby boomers differ from those of other members of their cohort.

  • When they were growing up, Asian American members of the generation were less likely (78%) than others to have siblings in the homes (compared with 90% of the general population), and more likely (28%) to have grandparents living with them (compared with 16% of those identified with other groups).

  • More so than other older boomers, Asian Americans postponed or altogether avoided having children. Today, more Asian Americans have no children (18%) than any other group (12% on average), and they have the smallest average family size.

  • Asian Americans are the most likely (39%) to have children under the age of 21 (compared with 32% in the general population) still living at home with them.

Prepared for AARP by Belden Russonello & Stewart and Research/Strategy/Management Page 85

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