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Aging and Health in the Latinx Population in the USA: Changing Demographics, Social Vulnerabilities, and the Aim of Quality of Life

  • Iveris L. MartinezEmail author
  • Adriana Baron
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Abstract

In this chapter, we outline the health status and experiences of aging among Latinx persons. Aging among Latinx persons is heterogeneous, based on country of origin, place of residence, generation, socioeconomic status, social support networks, and life experiences. Despite having higher life expectancies than White non-Hispanics, this population suffers from a greater burden of disability, their utilization of existing health services is lower, and the proportion of Latinx older adults living at the poverty level is greater compared to other racial/ethnic groups. With fewer economic resources, Latinx older adults may be highly dependent on family and social services for long-term care. We conclude by providing alternative frameworks for examining aging in the Latinx population.

Keywords

Latinx aging Caregivers Care recipients Disability Social vulnerability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Successful Aging, California State UniversityLong BeachUSA
  2. 2.Benjamin Leon Center for Geriatric Education and Research, Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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