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The effect of acculturation on frailty among older Mexican Americans

TitleThe effect of acculturation on frailty among older Mexican Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMasel, MC, Howrey, B, Peek, MK
JournalJ Aging HealthJ Aging Health
Volume23
Pagination704-13
Date PublishedJun
ISBN Number1552-6887 (Electronic)<br/>0898-2643 (Linking)
Accession Number21189315
KeywordsAcculturation, Activities of Daily Living, Age Factors, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Confidence Intervals, Female, Frail Elderly/ statistics & numerical data, Hispanic Americans/ statistics & numerical data, Humans, Language, Linear Models, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Odds Ratio, Time Factors, United States
AbstractOBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of acculturation on becoming frail and prefrail over a 10-year period among older Mexican Americans. METHOD: A nationally representative sample of 2,049 Mexican Americans aged 67 to 108 was analyzed. Adjusted for sociodemographics and health, longitudinal multinomial mixed models examined the effects of English language and frequency of contact with Anglo-Americans on transitions among deceased, nonfrail, prefrail, and frail statuses. RESULTS: Greater English language proficiency was associated with a 10% reduced likelihood of becoming prefrail (p