Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Multi-lingual capabilities seen in more retirement centers

Tara Bahrampour has an important article in the Washington Post Aug. 26, about bilingual retirement centers “More Retirees Find Facilities Speaking Their Language; Senior Centers, Nursing Homes Respond to Increased Diversity”, link here. The story leads off the newspaper's Metro section today and is presented as local news, but it represents a national trend, particularly in areas with Hispanic, Native American, or Asian immigrant populations. A good question would be whether Islamic retirement centers would develop, given their family culture.

The writer discusses the Rockville Senior Center, where activities and programs in many different languages are available, including not just Spanish, but also Hebrew, Russian, Chinese, and some eastern European languages. That could become a big boon hiring area, multilingual retirement professionals. Ten percent of people in the US over 65 are foreign born.

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