Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Latinos in an Aging World: Social, Psychological, and Economic Perspectives

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Latinos in an Aging World: Social, Psychological, and Economic Perspectives

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Latinos in an Aging World: Social, Psychological, and Economic Perspectives By Ronald J. Angel and Jacqueline L. Angel. 2014. 354 pp. ISBN: 978-1848725379. $49.95, paper. Routledge Publishing. New York, N.Y., (212) 216-7800 www. routledge. com/

As the U.S. population of Baby Boomers gets older and older every day, it's important to note that within this group isa Latino elderly population. Their retirement and health care needs will have a different but just as significant impact on American society. Latinos in an Aging World 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. Along with the analysis are suggestions for policy changes that need to be implemented as soon as possible to deal with this older demographic.

The book is structured to put a human face on the issues that will be most impactful to our older population. Each chapter begins with a short story about an actual person sampling social programs and policies and experiencing physical and mental health challenges that impact Latino elders. Each chapter also features an introduction, examples, tables, figures, a summary, and discussion questions. The chapters stand on their own, so they can be read in any order if used for classroom instruction or discussion.

The authors break down the chapters this way:

Chapter 1 reviews the histories of the major Hispanic subgroups with various theories as they relate to race, ethnicity, and gender. …

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