Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 51-78

First online:

An Exploratory Study of Preparation for Future Care Among Older Latinos in Utah

  • Lucy DelgadilloAffiliated withUtah State University
  • , Silvia SörensenAffiliated withUniversity of Rochester Medical Center
  • , Daniel C. CosterAffiliated withUniversity of Rochester Medical Center

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Preparation for future care by 62 Latino elders was examined and compared to an Anglo sample of 288 elders residing in Utah. Latino older adults preferred relatives for help and assistance, but 91% of them (versus 41% for the Anglo sample) did not have any concrete plans for either short-term or long-term care. Logistic analyses show that age and knowledge of services are significantly related to planning for care, but education and filial obligations are not. Furthermore, ethnicity significantly predicted long-term care planning when its interactions with age and knowledge of services are accounted for. Knowledge of services and age played a greater role in facilitating preparation for future care for Latinos than for Anglos.

aging care planning filial obligations knowledge of services Latinos