Orientation of Refugee Seniors

Orientation for refugee seniors

September 28, 2010

This webinar discusses promising practices for providing orientation and facilitating the adjustment of refugee seniors; Orientation activities implemented by overseas Cultural Orientation programs regarding seniors’ resettlement and adjustment and the response observed in CO classes; meeting the needs of refugee seniors once they have arrived in the U.S.; and the activities and services provided to seniors and how those facilitate orientation and adjustment.


• Peter Salnikowski, CO Coordinator
   International Organization for Migration (IOM) Damak, Nepal
• Pat Blashill, CO Coordinator
   Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Vienna, Austria
• Hannah Olson, Elders Specialist
   Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc., Nashville, TN
• Nicole Baker-Wagner, Senior Services Unit Manager
   Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)


• Colleen Mahar-Piersma, Associate Director
   Cultural Orientation Resource Center, Washington D.C.

PDF of PowerPoint: Summary of Online Survey Responses on the Orientation and Adjustment of Refugee Seniors (Cultural Orientation Resource Center)

PDF of PowerPoint, with notes: Cultural Orientation for Elderly Refugees at the HIAS OPE Vienna (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Overseas Processing Entity Vienna, now known as HIAS Resettlement Support Center Austria)

PDF of PowerPoint, with notes: Providing Orientation and Services to Seniors (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization)

PDF of PowerPoint: Refugee Elders Program (Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc.)

Funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, Grant No. 90RB0037