Cross-cultural awareness in an aging society
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Cross-cultural awareness in an aging society effective strategies for communication and caring, a resource book for practitioners, educators and students by Gail M. Elliot

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Published by Office of Gerontological Studies, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont .
Written in English


  • Minority older people -- Canada.,
  • Intercultural communication -- Canada.,
  • Multiculturalism -- Canada.

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Includes bibliographical references.

StatementGail M. Elliot.
ContributionsMcMaster University. Office of Gerontological Studies.
The Physical Object
Paginationvxii, 263 p. ;
Number of Pages263
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL18812510M
ISBN 101894088042

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