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Shorter stay, longer life: age at migration and mortality among the older Mexican-origin population

TitleShorter stay, longer life: age at migration and mortality among the older Mexican-origin population
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsAngel, RJ, Angel, JL, C. Venegas, D, Bonazzo, C
JournalJ Aging HealthJ Aging Health
Volume22
Pagination914-31
Date PublishedOct
ISBN Number1552-6887 (Electronic)<br/>0898-2643 (Linking)
Accession Number20682948
KeywordsActivities of Daily Living, Age Factors, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Aging/ physiology, Chi-Square Distribution, Female, Health Status, Hispanic Americans/ statistics & numerical data, Humans, Linear Models, Male, Mexico, Models, Statistical, Mortality/ trends, Psychometrics, Residence Characteristics, Self Report, Social Support, Time Factors, Transients and Migrants/legislation & jurisprudence/ statistics & numerical data, United States
AbstractOBJECTIVE: In this article, we investigate the association between age at migration and mortality during a 13-year period in a sample of Mexican American immigrants 65 and older at baseline. METHOD: We employ the Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (H-PESE) to control for mortality-related health and social factors. RESULTS: Our analyses show that the immigrant generation does not represent a homogeneous mortality risk category. Individuals who migrated to the United States in mature adulthood have a considerably lower risk of death than individuals who migrated in childhood or midlife. Chronic conditions or functional capacity do not account for these differences. CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that standard risk pools may differ significantly on the basis of genetic and unmeasured life-course factors. A better understanding of the late-life immigrant mortality advantage has important implications for more effective and targeted social and medical interventions.