Over the last 25 years, there has been a growing emphasis in the field of Gerontology to study issues related to cultural diversity.  While the emphasis on cultural diversity in general has increased, there has not been a recent comprehensive review of the significant increases in knowledge regarding behavioral, social, biological aspects of minority aging.  More importantly, there has not been a recent text focusing on cardinal public health issues as they relate to older minority Americans.

With the growing number of minority adults in the United States, there is urgency in producing and disseminating information to professional and lay persons alike on issues surrounding the well-being of elderly adults from diverse race and ethnic populations. An organized review focusing on the advances in the science of minority aging is needed to enhance conceptual and theoretical models of aging in ethnic minorities.

The intentions of our book, Handbook of Minority Aging, are to provide a collective read on five primary subject areas that have been recognized as critical areas in understanding the well-being of minority elders:  Sociology, Psychology, Biology/Health Sciences, Public Health and Social Work. Specifically, there is a need to bring together evidence of scholars in the fields of gerontology, anthropology, psychology, public health, sociology, social work, biology, medicine, and nursing.  This handbook tries to do just that. It will be recognized as the first in providing a “one-stop shop” in developing a knowledge-base in learning about and drawing on conclusive evidence in the needs and advancements of this country’s fastest growing adult population.

This book is intended for a national and international audience of gerontologists, psychologists, epidemiologists, social workers, and others involved in research who would like to develop a more broad understanding of older adults from diverse race and ethnic populations within the United States. In addition, both lay persons and healthcare professionals will benefit.

This book is not necessarily intended at as textbook.  However, it may be used as a potential reference for those teaching at the graduate level in the areas of social constructs, psychological development, cultural influences, physical and mental health outcomes and management, and public health domains among older adults from diverse race populations within the United States. The book will also valuable for practitioners working with minority elders in the fields of medicine, nursing, social work, and long-term care.

The book includes some key features that include:
- An integrative coverage of information from the fields of gerontology, anthropology, psychology, public health, sociology, social work, biology, medicine, and nursing.
- A comprehensive and multidisciplinary text on issues featuring a strong emphasis on  topics and perspectives of minority aging
- A current version of the most recent progressive research and issues surrounding a multiplicity of topics pertaining to the social, cultural, psychological and physical health demands of elderly minority adults in the US