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The linkage of life course, migration, health, and aging: health in adults and elderly Mexican migrants

TitleThe linkage of life course, migration, health, and aging: health in adults and elderly Mexican migrants
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
Authorsde Oca, VM, Garcia, TR, Saenz, R, Guillen, J
JournalJ Aging HealthJ Aging Health
Volume23
Pagination1116-40
Date PublishedOct
ISBN Number1552-6887 (Electronic)<br/>0898-2643 (Linking)
Accession Number21878577
KeywordsAged, Aging/ ethnology, Emigration and Immigration/ statistics & numerical data, Female, Health Status, Humans, Male, Mexican Americans/ statistics & numerical data, Mexico, Middle Aged, Qualitative Research, Transients and Migrants/ statistics & numerical data, United States
AbstractMigration is a phenomenon that impacts individuals throughout the life course. Particularly, Mexican elderly migrants show evidence of lifetime accumulations of the effects of migration on health conditions. OBJECTIVES: Examine how the relationship between historical time and individual time explains different factors impacting the health of Mexican adult and elderly migrants in Mexico and the United States. METHOD: Data from in-depth interviews with Mexican migrants living in selected locations in Mexico and the United States were used to illustrate the links between life course conditions, aging, migration, and health outcomes. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: According to this theoretical perspective and the data, historical time, age at migration, and the conditions under which the migration trajectory developed, show different impacts on the health and quality of life of the elderly, as revealed through analysis of labor experience, disease and accidents, medical service, health treatment, transnational networks, and family formation.