Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican-Origin by Jacqueline L. Angel, Fernando Torres-Gil, Kyriakos Markides

By Jacqueline L. Angel, Fernando Torres-Gil, Kyriakos Markides

Aging, overall healthiness, and toughness within the Mexican-Origin Population creates a origin for an interdisciplinary dialogue of the trajectory of incapacity and long term deal with older humans of Mexican-origin from a bi-national viewpoint. even if the literature on Latino elders within the usa is turning out to be, few of those reviews or guides provide the breadth and intensity contained during this book.

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Building on this body of work, we test whether the cognitive functioning trajectories of older Mexican Americans vary according to nativity and age at migration. If we were to derive our expectations from healthy immigrant research in general, we would hypothesize that older Mexican immigrants would exhibit slower rates of cognitive decline than their native-born counterparts. We would also anticipate that this pattern would be more pronounced with increasing age at migration. However, given the mix of patterns from studies focused on cognitive functioning, we are inclined to base subsequent analyses on the following research question: Does the “healthy immigrant effect” extend to cognitive aging?

Gender is coded as (1) for females and (0) for males. Education is coded (1) for high school diploma or greater and (0) otherwise. Financial strain is measured with two items. ” Response categories for this item were coded (1) none, (2) a little, (3) some, and (4) a great deal. ” Response categories for this item were coded (1) some money left over, (2) just enough to make ends meet, and (3) not enough money to make ends meet. We measure financial strain as the mean response to these two items.

Angel et al. avenues by which policy makers in the United States, Mexico, and Latin America can prepare and respond to aging, diversity and health care of the emerging Latino populations. The problems and challenges are daunting. Although Latin America remains still relatively young, the population over the age of 60 is rising swiftly. S. Census Bureau 2004). Improved nutrition and living conditions have increased life expectancies in all countries (Lopez et al. 2002). In the last two decades, rapid fertility decline in the nations of Latin America means that even those countries face massive problems in the relatively near future related to the care of the elderly.

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