In general, the older generation is more conservative, may have a more traditional view of gender roles, and may shun interracial dating and marriage.
The idea of what soul food is differs greatly among African Americans.
Before the advent of health ministries, African American churches had mission volunteers who attended services and administered to parishioners.
African Americans are becoming increasingly health conscious, seeking health screenings and treatments, although health literacy in this population tends to vary by generation.
Older African Americans may be suspicious of clinicians, believing their health is personal and up to God’s will.
Because they may be reluctant to share personal or family issues, building a trusting relationship is key.