Newly Arrived Elderly Immigrants: A Concept Analysis of “Aging Out of Place”

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Newcomer elderly immigrants, defined as adults older than the age of 65 who have arrived in the United States in the last 10 years, represent a growing sector of the American population. Newcomers who experience limited English proficiency, financial strain, and acculturative stress are at considerable risk of developing poor health outcomes. Nursing's focus on healthy aging and aging in place has largely ignored the experiences of these older adults, who are said to be “aging out of place.” This concept analysis uses Rodgers's evolutionary method to define “aging out of place” and illustrates why existing theories of elderly migration do not necessarily apply to this population. The challenge for nurses is incorporating the family, with whom conflict may arise, into the care of these elders. Community-based strategies that enable social integration and create a greater division of labor in the care of newcomer elders are called for.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-117
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2015


  • aging
  • family
  • immigrants
  • migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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