For Seniors of Indian origin.

Elderly Immigrants: The Experience of Asian Indians  
Federally funded study by National Institute on Aging.  Bethesda, Maryland.


Survey Information

Who Can Participate?

1. Asian Indians who came to the United States as immigrants after their 60th birthday.
2. Those who were born in India
3. Those who currently reside in the states of New York or New Jersey
4. Those who have been US Permanent residents ( Green Card Holders).

Your participation is completely voluntary and confidential. 

Each participant is paid $15.00 
For details on  how to participate, please contact:
 Dr Jyotsna Kalavar at Penn State University Tel: 1- 724-334-6745.

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY (NEW KENSINGTON CAMPUS) Seeks your participation in the federally funded study (by National Institute on Aging)
Elderly Immigrants: The Experience of Asian Indians

Explanation of study

The study in which you may choose to participate is part of aging research intended to understand the experience of late life immigration, and adaptation to "new" culture.  If you agree to take part in this research, you will be contacted by phone to arrange for a telephone interview at a time and telephone number that is convenient for you.  Your participation in this research is expected to last no more than an hour.  In return for your participation, you will receive by mail a check for $15 from Penn State University.

Participant rights

Your participation is completely voluntary and confidential.  If at any point you do not wish to answer any of the questions or would like to terminate the interview, you are completely free to do so. Results will be reported in a statistical fashion which neither identifies individuals nor telephone numbers.  Further, upon request, you may receive by mail a more detailed explanation of the findings of this study.

1.  How do I know that you are not trying to sell me something or that you are real?

The National Indo-American Association for Senior Citizens (NIAASC) has offered support with recruitment of participants for this important study.  If you have any questions, please call Dr. Jyotsna Kalavar at Penn State University.  Her direct telephone number is (724)-334-6745.  Or, you can email her at

We are happy to schedule an interview with you at a time that is convenient for you.

2. What is the catch? Why are you paying me? Where is the $15 coming from?

This project is sponsored and funded by the National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, Maryland.  Very little is known about immigrant seniors from India, and your participation in this critical study is greatly appreciated.  As a token of appreciation for your valuable time and contribution to this project, this payment is being made.

3.  How long will the interview take?

An average interview is expected to last close to an hour, though this could vary from person to person.  Once you have started the interview, you will find that the questions are interesting and you have more to say than what you believed earlier. 

4.  What are the questions about?

The interviewer will ask you general questions about your lifestyle, your everyday life, your program participation, your health, service access and service utilization.  This study will NOT affect any services or benefits that you may be currently receiving from the county, state or federal sources.

5.  Will others know what I said?

All of your answers will remain completely confidential.  When the study results are reported, they will be indicated in a group fashion.  That is, your answer will be combined with nearly hundred others, and the results will be reported in percentages, averages or other statistics.  Upon request, you are entitled to a copy of the findings when this study is over. 

6.  When will I get the $15?

A check for $15 will be mailed to you from Penn State University as our token of appreciation for your time and efforts.  However, for mailing the check it is important that we have your full name, address, and social security #.  Without this information, a check cannot be sent from Penn State University.

7. I would like to participate in the study.  What should I do?

Please provide your name, address and telephone number to the individual who provided this flyer to you.  A list will be compiled of all individuals who have volunteered to participate in this study at Penn State University.  Of this list, 100 names will be randomly selected for participation in this study. 

8.  When will I be interviewed?

The interviews will take place sometime between July and October of 2001.  With this sheet, you will find enclosed a letter explaining the project, and seeking your signed permission to participate in this project.  If you would like to participate in this study, please sign and mail the Informed Consent Form using the pre-paid envelope.  Once your signed Informed Consent Form has been received, then Dr. Kalavar will contact you by phone to set-up a telephone interview at a time that is most convenient for you.  


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