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Hispanic aging and social policy

TitleHispanic aging and social policy
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsAngel, JL, Torres-Gil, F
Book TitleAging in America, Vol 3: Societal issues
Pagination1-19
PublisherPraeger/ABC-CLIO; US
CitySanta Barbara, CA
ISBN Number978-0-313-35099-3 (Hardcover), 978-0-313-35100-6 (PDF)
Accession NumberBook: 2010-00560-001
Keywords*Aging, *Government Policy Making, *Health, *Health Service Needs, *Latinos/Latinas, Health & Mental Health Treatment & Prevention [3300], health, health care needs, social support mechanisms, elderly Hispanics, older immigrants, race and ethnicity, social class, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), Immigration, Racial and Ethnic Groups, Social Class, Social Support, us, Well Being
Abstract(from the chapter) In this chapter, we discuss the important policy implications of compositional shifts for the health, health care needs, and social support mechanisms of future cohorts of elderly Hispanics, including older immigrants. The problems they may face include economic difficulties, lack of health insurance, lack of access to medical care, and limited options for elder care and living arrangements. We argue that the race and Hispanic ethnicity influence social class membership and, as a consequence, educational and occupational attainment, marriage and fertility, and morbidity patterns. These factors, in turn, will affect the anticipated need for health care, old-age financial assistance, and long-term care. They also have substantial implications for the broader health and social policy issues arising from the age grading of the U.S. population and the emerging Hispanic population. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).