Case Study: An 85-Year-Old Immigrant from the Former Soviet Union

  • Lynn Clark CallisterEmail author


Katerina Fyodorova, an 85-year-old Russia immigrant, came to the United States in 1998 with the wave of immigrants coming from the former Soviet Union (FSU) with the collapse of the Soviet regime. Katerina is commonly referred to as a babushka or grandmother. She is widowed, her parents are deceased, and she has no living siblings and has no children.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of NursingBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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