Functional impairment and disability in old age are major health problems that are not well studied in Mexican Americans who are likely to be immigrants and to live in poverty the majority of their lives. Moreover, nativity and socioeconomic position (SEP) over the life course interact and influence late life health status and disability. The Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging (SALSA) study is a cohort of 1789 older Mexican Americans that was actively followed from 1998 to 2008. Activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living (ADL and IADL) were measured annually during this period. Health conditions were measured annually as well. Functional disabilities increased most rapidly in US born women compared to immigrant women and men. Those participants whose SEP trajectory remained high throughout life experienced the lowest increase in ADL or IADL impairment compared to those who were always low. Exposure to the US environment may adversely affect women more than men and US born more than Mexican-born.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican-Origin Population|
|Number of pages||15|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)