Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican-Origin Population

Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican-Origin Population

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As the nationa€™s largest Latino group, the Mexican-origin population will play a major role as America grows older: their situation is vital to understanding our aging, diverse society as national health care policy comes into a new era of analysis and revision. Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican Origin Population identifies current and emerging health issues affecting this demographic, from health care disparities to changing family dynamics to the health implications of the United Statesa€™ relationship with Mexico. Contributors test the Hispanic Paradoxa€”that Latinos live longer than other Americans despite socioeconomic stressesa€”as it relates to various aspects of aging. Disability is discussed in social context, in terms of acculturation, family coping measures, access to care, and other key factors. And concluding chapters offer strategies for bringing the Mexican-American elder experience into the ongoing debate over health care. Throughout, coverage balances the heterogeneity of the community with its status as emblematic of minority aging and as a microcosm of aging in general. Included among the topics: Am Immigration, economics, and family: contextualizing disability. Am Diabetes and employment productivity. Am The a€œhealthy immigrant effecta€ and cognitive aging. Am Nursing home care: separate and unequal. Am Challenges of aging in place. Am Estimating the demand for long-term care. Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican Origin Population brings issues, answers, and a clear direction to those studying and working with this dynamic group, including policymakers, social workers, gerontologists, the academic and research communities, and health care professionals.In short, exposure to United States Society is bad for your health (although one sees no government health warnings to that effect!). ... was observed when depression, cancer and self-rated health measures were compared with more general Latino adult health profiles. ... Not surprisingly, chronic sufferers of diabetes show lower labor productivity, and the chapter by Shelton Brown et al. explores how theanbsp;...

Title:Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican-Origin Population
Author: Jacqueline L. Angel, Fernando Torres-Gil, Kyriakos Markides
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-02-09

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