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Health and mental health perspectives on elderly Latinos in the United States

TitleHealth and mental health perspectives on elderly Latinos in the United States
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsApplewhite, SR, Biggs, MJo Garcia, Herrera, AP
Book TitleHandbook of U S Latino psychology: Developmental and community-based perspectives
PublisherSage Publications, Inc; US
CityThousand Oaks, CA
ISBN Number978-1-4129-5761-8 (Paperback), 978-1-4129-5760-1 (Hardcover)
Accession NumberBook: 2010-26806-014
Keywords*Aging, *Gerontology, *Health Disparities, *Latinos/Latinas, *Quality of Care, Caregivers, Culture (Anthropological), Health & Mental Health Treatment & Prevention [3300], health, mental health, Latinos, culture, ethnicity, aging, gerontology, care barriers, quality of care, caregiving, health & mental health disparities, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Physical Disorders, Physical Health, Treatment Barriers, us
Abstract(from the chapter) The influence of culture and ethnicity on the aging process receives considerable attention in the field of gerontology and related disciplines. From this perspective, Latino aging can be viewed as a phenomenological experience, best understood as a complex interplay of biological, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual constructs. This chapter examines the essence of old age in the U.S. Latino community. It provides an overview of the demographic profile of elderly Latinos/as, health and mental health disparities, barriers to good-quality care and family caregiving, and the significance of culture in understanding ethnocultural patterns and behaviors necessary for culturally competent practice with elderly Latinos/as. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved).