The caregiving experience of Older Mexican Americans and their caregivers

David V. Flores, Sunshine Rote, Jacqueline L. Angel, Kyriakos S. Markides

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Abstract

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the older adult population is projected to increase by 56% from 40.3 million in 2010 to 72.1 million by 2030, and among the elderly, the fastest growing segment consists of those eighty and above. At the forefront of these demographic trends changes is the aging Hispanic population, which is projected to be the largest and are the second fastest growing older adult cohort in the United States, with those of Mexican origin leading the way. This chapter examines the degree to which Mexican American caregiving is influenced by caregiving structure, health of the care recipient, disability, cognitive impairment/dementia, culture, the "positive caregiving experience" as well as other factors associated with caregivers of very old Mexican Americans. Mexican American families' disability, diminished cognitive impairment, caregiver stress, lack of resources, and dementia may take an increased toll on caregivers. The need to identify respite services, mental health resources, and community services for caregivers is of paramount importance to alleviate burden.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContextualizing Health and Aging in the Americas
Subtitle of host publicationEffects of Space, Time and Place
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages359-376
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030005849
ISBN (Print)9783030005832
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 22 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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    Flores, D. V., Rote, S., Angel, J. L., & Markides, K. S. (2018). The caregiving experience of Older Mexican Americans and their caregivers. In Contextualizing Health and Aging in the Americas: Effects of Space, Time and Place (pp. 359-376). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-00584-9_17