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Health, economic inequities
observed among Latino Baby Boomers dispute need for less senior programs

CSULA professor is lead author on article
published in
The Gerontologist special issue

Los Angeles, CA –

“Latino Baby Boomers are likely to experience health and economic
inequities similar to their parents as they enter the ranks of the
elderly population,” according to a recently published article in a
special issue of The Gerontologist.

The research article—authored by Cal State L.A.’s Professor of Social
Work Valentine M. Villa
and colleagues—represents the first
comprehensive analysis of the health of the Hispanic Baby Boom

Their study finds that Latino Baby Boomers are more likely than their
non-Hispanic white peers to report poorer health across all health
indicators, including diabetes, obesity, functional difficulties and
self-rated health. Data was compiled from Baby Boomers born between 1946
and 1964 (ages 43-61) in a 2007 California Health Interview Survey.

Villa, who is also director of the Applied Gerontology Institute at
CSULA, said, “In addition, Latino Baby Boomers are more likely to have
relatively low levels of education and high rates of poverty;
challenging the notion that the next generation of elderly will be 
‘healthy, wealthy, and wise,’ and therefore, not in need of as many
aging programs and services.”

The reason for concern regarding the reduction of federal entitlement
programs for the elderly is that Hispanics will comprise 20 percent of
the next generation of older adults, representing the largest minority
population aged 65 years and older. As written in the report, the
majority of the Hispanics are of Mexican-origin.

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Villa, an Alhambra resident, was presented a Certificate of Commendation
in 2010 by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for her work with
senior citizens in the City of Los Angeles and for her contributions to
The State of Aging and Health Among Older Latinos in Los Angeles 2009

Villa’s research examines how public policies affect on the health and
economic status of the elderly population. Her work has focused on
Medicare reform, privatizing Social Security, and the impacts of
welfare-policy changes on minority and low-income populations.

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