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

  • Jacqueline L. Angel
  • Fernando Torres-Gil
  • Kyriakos Markides

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Jacqueline L. Angel, Fernando Torres-Gil, Kyriakos Markides
    Pages 1-11
  3. Latino Aging: Risks of Disability and Chronic Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Hector M. González
      Pages 15-18
    3. Terrence D. Hill, Jacqueline L. Angel, Kelly S. Balistreri
      Pages 19-33
    4. Adina Zeki Al-Hazzouri, Michelle Odden, Elizabeth R. Mayeda, Allison E. Aiello, John M. Neuhaus, Mary N. Haan
      Pages 35-49
    5. Kerstin Gerst, Alejandra Michaels-Obregon, Rebeca Wong
      Pages 67-86
  4. Contextualizing Disability: Issues of Immigration, Economics, and Family

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Peter M. Ward
      Pages 89-93
    3. Helen P. Hazuda, Sara E. Espinoza
      Pages 125-143
    4. Jennifer J. Salinas, Bassent E. Abdelbary, Elizabeth A. Rocha, Sohan Al Snih
      Pages 145-157
    5. Carlos A. Reyes-Ortiz, Diana M. Davalos, Maria F. Montoya, Daniel Escobar
      Pages 159-171
    6. H. Shelton Brown III, Adriana Pérez, Lisa M. Yarnell, Craig Hanis, Susan P. Fisher-Hoch, Joseph McCormick
      Pages 173-181
  5. Caregiving and Long-Term Care of Older Latinos: Formal and Informal Arrangements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Flávia Cristina Drumond Andrade
      Pages 185-192
    3. William A. Vega, Hector M. González
      Pages 193-205
    4. Steven P. Wallace
      Pages 243-257
    5. Angelica P. Herrera, Jacqueline L. Angel, Carlos Díaz Venegas, Ronald J. Angel
      Pages 259-276
    6. Verónica Montes de Oca Zavala, Rogelio Sáenz, Ahtziri Molina Roldán
      Pages 293-315
    7. Julio Frenk, Octavio Gómez-Dantés
      Pages 337-341
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 343-345

About this book


As the nation’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 States’ relationship with Mexico. Contributors test the Hispanic Paradox—that Latinos live longer than other Americans despite socioeconomic stresses—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:

·         Immigration, economics, and family: contextualizing disability.

·         Diabetes and employment productivity.

·         The “healthy immigrant effect” and cognitive aging.

·         Nursing home care: separate and unequal.

·         Challenges of aging in place.

·         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.


Hispanic Latino health disability gerontology health care reform health inequality healthcare policy immigration long term care long term disability public health public policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Jacqueline L. Angel
    • 1
  • Fernando Torres-Gil
    • 2
  • Kyriakos Markides
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. SociologyUniversity of Texas, AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2., Center for Policy Research on AgingUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.University of Texas Medical Branch at GaGalvestonUSA

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