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Ethnic Minority Elderly Individuals

Ethnic minority elderly individuals include five ethnic populations in the United States: African Americans; Alaska Natives and American Indians; Asian Americans;HispanicsandLatinos;andPacificIslander Americans. Elderly is defined as the age of eligibility for social security benefits (65, 66, or 67 in the future). Another way to define elderly maybebyagenorms (e.g., transition to grandparenthood) determined by society.

The number of ethnic minority elders is projected to grow rapidly over the next 50 years, from 12.3% in 2000, to 14.1% in 2020, to 18.3% of the elderly population in 2050 (or a change from 984,000 in 2000, to 5.8 million by 2050). Ethnic groups can differ in health and mental health status, culture, acculturation, immigration status and history, discrimination history and its ongoing negative legacy impacting socioeconomic status and educational ...

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