Promising Interventions for Immigrant Seniors

For immigrant seniors, group activities provided in their main language can help break down linguistic barriers. As previously noted, the SUCCESS Seniors Quality of Life Outreach Project in Vancouver offers both recreational and educational activities in Mandarin and Cantonese to socially isolated seniors. In Belgium, immigrant and non-immigrant seniors are grouped together through the Mémoire Vivante program for cross-cultural learning as a way to overcome isolation (Teller and Dorsselaer, 2007). Similarly, in France, cafés for seniors adopt a mixed cultural and social approach to promote activities between ethnic groups and across generations and social classes (Saci, 2012).