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By Judi Bonilla LatinoElders On Friday, November 1st, National Family Caregivers Month officially begins. If you’ve ever been a caregiver you know the emotional, mental, and physical health problems that accompany caring for a loved one. As our population ages the need for caregivers has increased and many of us our stepping into caregiving roles. […]

LatinaLista — While the federal deficit is a scary enough scenario, it remains for too many people an abstract event. It’s not until Washington starts eliminating programs and reducing funding for others that the seriousness of the situation comes home. Unfortunately, the very programs targeted for cuts or elimination are some of the very programs […]

LatinaLista — The sad case reported this week of 91-year-old Maria “Concha” Lopez, who died weighing 35 pounds and covered in bed sores while in the care of her 26-year-old great-niece Stephanie Hernandez, highlights a growing problem facing the Latino community — what do we do with our elderly? It used to be unheard of […]

LatinaLista — As Congress begins to tackle the budget deficit and slashes programs they say are bankrupting the country, the truth is that without one particular program older black women and Latinas would be the ones going bankrupt. The program is Social Security and according to new research from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, […]

LatinaLista–According to the U.S. Census, thirteen percent of the total population is 65 years and older, with Latino elderly comprising six percent of that total population. Latinos are touted as the fastest growing ethnic group in the nation. The National Hispanic Council on Aging projects that by 2030 the Hispanic elderly will comprise 11.2 percent […]

LatinaLista — This month is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Though most people think it’s an “old people’s disease,” the truth is that Latinos are at risk. As it is, over 3 million people suffer from glaucoma and half of them don’t even know it, until it’s too late. Or if they do notice something is wrong […]

LatinaLista — There’s a program in Nashville, TN called “Community Without Walls.” The purpose of the program is to help senior citizens stay in their homes longer before having to give up their independence to live in a nursing home or assisted living center. It’s comprised of organizing neighbors to look in and help seniors […]

LatinaLista — AARP. It used to be known as the American Association of Retired Persons but now it’s much more hip and only referred to by its letters. The acronym is instantly recognizable as probably one of the first social networking organizations before the dawn of Facebook, MySpace or even the Internet. It is also […]

By Professor Dowell Myers LatinaLista Dowell Myers is a professor of policy, planning and development at the University of Southern California and author of Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America (Russell Sage Foundation, 2007) (The following post was provided by the author and is a reprint of an […]

LatinaLista — Dr. Dowell Myers, professor of urban planning and Demography at the University of Southern California, held a telephonic press briefing this afternoon, sponsored by the Washington D.C.-based Immigration Policy Center. Professor Dowell Myers The occasion was the release of Dr. Myers’ report: “Thinking Ahead About Our Immigration Future: New Trends and Mutual Benefits in […]

LatinaLista — With Latinos, espcially Mexican-Americans, having a higher incidence of diabetes than other groups, and the fact that Latinos are spending increasingly more hours in front of the computer, and that more Latinos seem to employed in hard labor outside jobs, it just makes sense that one in five Hispanics suffer from cataracts and […]