Making themselves at home: Support needs of older Germans in Australia Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper explores the experiences of older German Australians, with a focus on their support needs and preferences in later life.Data were collected through qualitative semi-structured interviews. Data analysis incorporated a systematic concept matrix approach to content analysis.The findings of the study indicate that older German Australians have adapted well to the Australian way of life. Their high English language proficiency allowed them to source services without the barrier of language often reported in studies of older migrants. They did not show high interest in ethno-specific services.Few studies have been conducted on older German Australians, and none focuses specifically on their experience of ageing in Australia. This study contributes to the body of knowledge on older migrants and, specifically, on those for whom language is not necessarily a major obstacle to obtaining aged care information or services.

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  • September 2016

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