Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican-Origin by Jacqueline L. Angel, Fernando Torres-Gil, Kyriakos Markides

By Jacqueline L. Angel, Fernando Torres-Gil, Kyriakos Markides

Aging, health and wellbeing, and toughness within the Mexican-Origin Population creates a starting place for an interdisciplinary dialogue of the trajectory of incapacity and long term deal with older humans of Mexican-origin from a bi-national point of view. even supposing the literature on Latino elders within the usa is growing to be, few of those experiences or courses provide the breadth and intensity contained during this book.

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2004), disability (Markides and Gerst 2011), and mortality risk (Abraido-Lanza et al. 1999; Angel et al. 2010). On the other hand, research suggests that the apparent health advantages of immigrants tend to wane with length of residence in the United States, presumably as a result of negative acculturation processes (Antecol and Bedard 2006; Lopez-Gonzalez, et al. 2005; Vega and Amaro 1994). Although previous research has made significant contributions to our understanding of immigration and health, it is unclear whether the “healthy immigrant effect” extends to indicators of cognitive aging.

2006) and understand these phenomena. Despite this demographic fact, there is a significant dearth of information about the notable strengths and characteristics of aging Hispanic groups in general, and for Mexican-origin people in particular, immigration variables have not been an integral component of this research. Yet, immigration processes may play an important protective role in this regard, although the overall impact (negative or positive) of immigration on the health and disability trajectory of older Mexican-American people is often difficult to gauge (Jasso et al.

As with the article by Al-Hazzouri and colleagues, the answer to the research question depends on what one means by nativity and at what age one immigrates to the United States. In the fifth chapter in this part, entitled Culture and Couples: Does Partner Disability Differentially Influence Mental Health Across Mexico and the US? author Kristen Peek addresses the psychological “response” of spouses to the disability of the other spouse. Previous work among older Mexican American couples has found that cognitive dysfunction and neuropsychiatric symptoms are associated with spousal depression, but in this article the author examines activities of daily living or general disability and depressive symptoms (Hinton et al.

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