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Profile of Older Hispanic Americans 65 Plus

Older Hispanic Americans are living longer, following the general growth trend of older Americans. According to the U.S. Census, in 2009 Hispanic persons made up 7 percent of the older population. By 2050, the percentage of the older population that is Hispanic is projected to increase to 19.8 percent of the older population. By 2019, the 65 plus Hispanic population is projected to become the largest racial/ethnic minority in this age group.

Although older Hispanic Americans are living longer, many experience serious illnesses and problems accessing good health care. According to the National Healthcare Disparities Report, an annual report to the Congress prepared by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, significant health disparities exist for Hispanic elders compared to the non-Hispanic white elderly population, ranging from poorer access to health care to poorer diabetes control. To reduce these health disparities among older Hispanic Americans, AoA is providing funding to Asociacion Nacional Pro Personal Mayores (AAPPM) through the National Minority Aging Organizations Technical Assistance Program.

Project Bienestar (Well-Being) is a project that is being implemented by Asociacion Nacional Pro Personal Mayores (AAPPM). Through this project, ANPPM focuses on approaches to chronic disease self management (CDSM) that can enable Hispanic elders to develop the confidence and motivation needed to manage the challenges of living with a chronic disease. ANPPM has over 400 Title V Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) sites in four States and the District of Columbia. Using the train-the-trainer approach, Title V enrollees are enlisted to promote the nationwide use of CDSM skills by older Hispanics.

AoA also funds Health, Prevention and Wellness Programs that offer older Americans tools to maintain their health. The core health and wellness programs are the Evidence-Based Disease and Disability Prevention Program and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. In these programs, seniors learn to maintain a healthy lifestyle through increased self-efficacy and self-management behaviors.

To learn more about older Hispanic Americans, visit the minority aging section.