Older Chinese Americans can improve family relationships and cognitive function through acculturation

June 8, 2021

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Older Chinese immigrants who adjust to their new cultural environment by learning the language, following the country’s media and socializing with local residents can reduce acculturation gap with their adult children and protect their cognitive function, according to a Rutgers study.

Mengting Li, an assistant professor at Rutgers School of Nursing, is the principal investigator of the study, reported in the journal Aging and Mental Health. It is one of the first to explore the relationship between intergenerational families, acculturation, and cognitive function among older Chinese Americans.