Aging & Alone: An Asian American living alone in New York City


Mrs. Chu

AARP, in collaboration with NextDayBetter, presents “Aging & Alone” – a powerful story following the day in the life of Mrs. Chu, a Chinese American senior that lives alone in New York City. Our challenge: “How might we end social isolation among seniors?”

More than half of all seniors aged 75+ in the United States live alone. Living in isolation without strong support significantly raises the risk of injury and illness. Seniors in the Asian American Pacific Islander community are especially vulnerable, often facing the added burdens of poverty and language barriers.

To learn more about ending social isolation, please visit Connect2Affect powered by AARP Foundation at

Thank you to Hamilton-Madison House for supporting this story. 

Hamilton-Madison House is a non-profit settlement house established in 1898 to improve the quality of life for NYC. It operates senior centers in Chinatown/Lower East Communities with 5,000+ members citywide offer health, social and nutritional services to seniors over 62.

Lead Producer: Jesse Whiles

Storyteller: Karen Baker 

Support: Le Yi Chen


Cultural Caregiving for Aging Asian Americans

Caregiving for aging adults among Asian Americans comes with cultural attitudes, beliefs, and practices that can be starkly different from those of the general population. Many of these adults are immigrants who struggle adjusting to a new environment and the acculturated lifestyle of their children. As their friends, loved ones, and healthcare providers, how can we give the kind of care that respects their traditional cultures while meeting their most basic needs?

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