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FYI: New York City’s Asian American seniors face higher rates of poverty and mental health problems than the broader senior population, in part because of limited access to linguistically and culturally appropriate services, according an Asian American Federation of New York study. The study notes Census data showing nearly a quarter of elderly Asian American New Yorkers live in poverty, compared to 18 percent of the general elderly population. The group surveyed 400 Asian American seniors on quality of life issues. Forty percent reported major financial problems (with a median income of $6,000 to $8,500). Another 40 percent reported symptoms of depression. [2/20/03]