Home alone at 90 – NY Chinatown’s isolated elders

25 Aug

By Lotus Chau, Sing Tao Daily News/New America Media

When Daisy Ding, 83, fell in her bathroom in New York City earlier this summer, she was not found until a neighbor checked and discovered her body four days later.

Last April, Ho Sing, 87, died in a fire. He did not speak English and refused to live with his relatives, so resided in New York’s Chinatown alone.

These are some of the recent incidents that have stirred up community concerns about Chinese elders living in isolation. The nearly 50,000 Chinese immigrants aged 65 and over in the boroughs of Manhattan and Queens face special challenges, according to a 2009 report by the New York Academy of Medicine.

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