Latinos’ Positive Approach to Elderly Care

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We’d like to share a story about a new poll that says Latinos are more likely to view caring for an elderly relative as a positive experience and less likely to say it’s a burden for their families
In the poll, released by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, more than 90% of Hispanics over the age 40 said they had a positive experience when providing End of Life assistance to loved ones.

“There’s something to be said about the Hispanic culture that embraces caring for our families,” said Yanira Cruz, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging. “It has been a way of life for us and for many Hispanics, being able to care for a loved one or parent is gratifying because it’s a way to fulfill what we have been raised to do.”

Caring for loved ones at the End of Life also seems to be less stressful for Latino families; 36% of Latinos polled said they experienced stress when providing ongoing assistance for sick loved ones while 54% of non-Hispanic caregivers said they experienced stress.

“Taking care of family is often gratifying for Hispanics,” Cruz said. “Being able to see Grandma interact with the grandchildren and being able to develop that intergenerational bond as a family is something that is very much in line with who we are as a people.”

Sixty percent of Hispanics polled said they have provided, received or financed long-term care services, and 15% of the Latinos polled said they are currently receiving or have received long-term healthcare assistance from family members.

Hispanic adults over 40 are also more likely to think they will need care someday, the poll found. Thirty-two percent called it “extremely or very likely,” compared to 20% of non-Hispanics polled. Yet only 10% of Hispanics polled said they have planned for their own long-term care.

As we’ve reported here at Passare, how we are going to care for the rising elderly population in the United States is fast becoming a national concern. It is estimated, by 2050 there will be 83.7 million people in the U.S. age 65 and older, almost double the 2012 elderly population of 43.1 million. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos will count for more than 20% of the elderly population in 2050.

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