The Hispanic Paradox: Roberto Muñiz talks about Latinos aging in America
This month, I was interviewed by a reporter from Latinas in Business magazine for an article about how Latinos age in this country and the issues, both cultural and economical, that impede providing the best aging services possible for this growing population.
The article, “The Hispanic Paradox,” was recently published; I’m proud to share it with you, and I look forward to your comments.- Roberto
By Susana G. Baumann
As the baby-boomer population increases, Latinos aging in America have become a “good news-bad news” kind of topic. On one side, Latinos continue to puzzle doctors and researchers by aging at a slower rate than other ethnic groups, a phenomenon called “the Hispanic Paradox.” On the other, evidence of health disparities, lack of health insurance and poverty levels make them a vulnerable group that requires special attention from policy makers and healthcare providers alike. We interviewed Roberto Muñiz, President and CEO of Parker, to help us understand how Latinos age in America.
The findings of a UCLA study published in Genome Biology may help scientists understand how to slow the aging process for everyone. It seems that Latinos age more slowly at a molecular level, explained Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and these findings might be used in future aging research.
Researchers believe that Hispanic culture might contribute to this phenomenon – including being closer to their families, keeping fresher food in their diets with less fast food, and manual labor keeping workers in better shape.
Nobody more qualified to speak to this topic than Roberto Muñiz, who for nearly 20 years has been President and CEO of Parker, a best in class, non-profit, New Jersey-based aging services organization that recently celebrated its 110th anniversary. This long-term experience in the aging sector makes Muñiz the ideal expert to discuss how the Latino community views aging-especially cultural nuances such as potential stigma around nursing homes and assisted living facilities vs. living at home or with one’s family.
Latinos aging in America and nursing homes
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