Aging and Care-Giving in the Latino Community

In 2009, people aged 65 and over numbered 39.6M and represented 12.9% of the population. By 2030 the aging population is expected to grow to 19%. or nearly 1 in 5 people. Hispanics represent a younger group in the United States with only 8.6% expected to be age 65+ in 2030 (Adm on Aging). With aging comes many issues with caregiving with many children feeling as if they are in the sandwich generation-caring for their parents and their own children.

CURRENT ISSUES PER CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS:

  • Care at home is not covered by Medicaid
  • Chore services are not covered in the state of Washington
  • Pressure to take care of your family and the desire to be successful at work
  • Lack of support for family leave to take care of your family
  • Ageism and how it is viewed in different cultures
  • In AK have the anchor-ride system for people who don’t drive
     

SOME OF THE BARRIERS PARTICIPANTS NOTED:

  • There is currently Certification for care but must speak English which eliminates many individuals who speak only Spanish who would like to be caregivers
  • There is a lack of resources for those who speak Spanish
  • We need to involve the community in the modification of homes
  • Caregivers are often working in the agricultural fields. What happens to the older adult when a caregiver is not available?
     

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES AND PARTNERSHIPS

  • Important for the Latino Center for Health to look at practices and policy. What policies are necessary at a systems level?
  • Need to research immigrants who come into this country with better health
  • Universities need to begin to think about adding aging studies in school
  • Research in other countries about how elderly stay healthy
  • Study the Built environment
  • Study emotional intelligence and its impact on the increase in life expectancy
  • Examine Alcoholism in the aging
  • Study universal design concept as it impacts Latinos
  • Understand how the elderly are being dismissed in our country and how we can make changes
     

AGE DISTRIBUTION OF UNITED STATES

chart age distribution by sex 2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROJECTIONS OF HISPANIC PERSONS OVER 65

chart hispanics over 65

From administration on aging, 2010.

Contact Information | Latino Center for Health | ginoa@uw.edu | lsm2010@uw.edu | 206-616-9365