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Latinos in an Aging World

Social, Psychological, and Economic Perspectives

By Ronald J. Angel, Jacqueline L. Angel

Routledge – 2015 – 340 pages

Series: Textbooks in Aging

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This book fosters a deeper understanding of the growing Latino elderly population and the implications on society. It examines post-WWII demographic and social changes and summarizes research from sociology, psychology, economics, and public health to shed light on the economic, physical, and mental well-being of older Latinos. The political and cultural implications including possible policy changes are also considered. Written in an engaging style, each chapter opens with a vignette that puts a human face on the issues. Boxed exhibits highlight social programs and policies and physical and mental health challenges that impact Latino elders. Web alerts direct readers to sites that feature more detailed information related to the chapter’s issues. Each chapter also features an introduction, examples, tables, figures, a summary, and discussion questions. The self-contained chapters can be presented in any order.

Latinos in an Aging World explores:

Real world problems individuals face in dealing with poverty, immigration, and health and retirement decisions

The latest data on Latinos as compared to research on African- and Asian- Americans where appropriate

The unique historical, demographic, social, familial, and economic situations of various Latino subgroups including those from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Cuba

How ethnicity affects one’s position of wealth and power and sense of citizenship.

The consequence of life-long disadvantages and stigmatization on economic, physical, and mental well-being

The impact of one’s neighborhood and the proximity to those from similar cultures on quality of life.

The introduction motivates the book and sets the stage for the entire discussion. Chapter 1 reviews the histories of the major Hispanic subgroups along with various theories as they relate to race, ethnicity, and gender that provide a conceptual framework for understanding the later chapters. Demographic, economic, and social profiles of the various Hispanic subgroups are explored in chapter 2. Next the Latino population is explored from various perspectives including the economic and social situations of men and women and their educational, marital and family, and labor force experiences. Chapter 4 examines older immigrants and their families and identifies the resources available to them in their communities that often replicate the cultural and social support system of the old country. Major health risks that older Latinos face as a result of the disadvantages they experience throughout life are examined in chapter 5. Family situations and long-term care and living arrangements of older Hispanics are examined in chapter 6. The impact of neighborhood on quality of life in terms of safety and physical and mental wellbeing is explored in chapter 7. The burden that eldercare can place upon those who bear the responsibility of their daily care is explored in chapter 8. Chapter 9 investigates the gaps in income between minority and non-Hispanic white Americans and reviews what individuals with few resources need to know about financial management. The book concludes with the social, political, and economic implications of the growing Hispanic population and the role of NGOs and other organizations in providing services to older populations.

Intended for courses on Latinos and aging, diversity, race and ethnicity, minorities and aging, adult development and aging, the psychology or sociology or politics of aging, geriatric social work, public health and aging, global aging, social or family policy, and health and society taught in the behavioral and social sciences, ethnic, or Latin American/Chicano Studies, this book also appeals to researchers and practitioners who work with Hispanic families.


"Latinos in an Aging World is an excellent resource—taking more than 30 years of the authors’ combined work and research—to provide a moving, data- and theory-driven narrative with humanizing case studies that portray the experiences of the largest aging demographic group in the United States. Their narrative is refreshing and takes the reader though a wide range of topics that blend several disciplines, such as sociology, demography, psychology/mental health, health, economics, political science, and social and public policy. Rich in detail, both in its depiction of Latino cultural contexts and its analysis of demographic data on aging, the authors present an engaging, fluid, thought-provoking work." —Joyce Weil, University of Northern Colorado

"This book provides a deft account of the social science and historical scholarship on the health and well-being of the U.S. population of Hispanic heritage, especially as it ages. Beautifully written, the book sparkles with insight as it analyzes the processes generating well-being in this highly diverse population." – Guillermina Jasso, New York University, USA

"A rich blend of theoretical and empirical research covering the lives of older Hispanics in the USA. The various chapters, drawing upon a wide range of disciplines, provide a comprehensive survey of a priority area for social and public policy." – Christopher Phillipson, The University of Manchester, UK

"The book provides an authoritative compilation of key issues relevant to the health and well-being of older Latinos. By spanning across various disciplines, the book's unique, analytic perspectives are critical to understanding the health of this growing segment of the nation’s population." – Ana F. Abraido-Lanza, Columbia University, USA

"Angel and Angel have provided a comprehensive look at the evolving demographics of the United States since World War II. This volume is essential for anyone interested in the future social and cultural landscape of the United States and its social policy implications." – Iveris L. Martinez, Florida International University, USA

"The authors put the topic into a global perspective, into a historical context, into the politics of the times. …Few single disciplinary scholars could take such an approach. Writing is superior. … An important contribution … all social science groups should be made aware of the volume. … I would add [this book] as a required text in … Minority and Global Aging." Stan Ingman, University of North Texas, USA

"It is always a pleasure to read these eminent authors’ work. …They deliver the content in a clear, engaging, lively style. …The book contributes significantly to its field, especially in view of updated statistics about health disparities health care reform, its global focus, and its emphasis on … the Hispanic population. The 30 year, multidisciplinary summary of research is extremely useful. …[The book features an] even-handed scholarly treatment of complex, controversial issues. I am salivating to read the rest. …It provides something unique and collates all this research in one place - a huge achievement. …I would buy it, recommend it, and adopt it. …I think it is a winner."Brownwynne Evans, Arizona State University, USA


Introduction: A Brave New World: Ethnic Diversity and Population Aging 1. A Majority Minority Nation 2. Demographic, Educational, and Occupational Profile 3. At the Intersection of Gender, Ethnicity, and Nativity 4. Transnational Families and Generational Solidarity 5. Major Physical and Mental Health Conditions and Barriers to Care 6. Changing Eldercare Options 7. Neighborhood Affluence, Safety, and the Quality of Life 8. Caregiver Burden and Burnout 9. Retirement Planning, Financial literacy, and Savings 10. The New Pact between the Generations: Who Will Care for Us?

Author Bio

Ronald J. Angel is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jacqueline L. Angel is a Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin.

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