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Barriers to successful aging for older Hispanic immigrants

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dc.contributor.advisor Brodie, Kilolo Aleman, Ivania
dc.contributor.other Garcia, John 2019-05-22T21:05:51Z 2019-05-22T21:05:51Z 2019 May en_US 2019-05-22
dc.identifier.other Master of Social Work en_US
dc.description.abstract The Hispanic population is one of the fastest growing and rapidly aging populations in the United States. The purpose of this qualitative exploratory study is to analyze and develop an understanding of the challenges experienced by older Hispanic immigrants living in the United States. This study explores the impact of immigration and acculturation processes on older Hispanic immigrants. Additionally, this study examines the protective factors derived from membership to the Hispanic culture against marginalization and inequality experienced. Ten self-identified Hispanic immigrants over the age of sixty from various areas throughout California were interviewed for this study. The findings in this study indicate that participants have experienced significant inequalities and difficulties due to language barriers, lack of workplace retirement plans, chronic illness, morbidity, and disability, and anti-immigrant sentiments. Furthermore, the results show that family unity, family responsibility, and sense of community belonging are important factors of the Hispanic culture. Thus, this study can assist practitioners develop and implement appropriate programs that will lead to the social and economic incorporation of immigrants into society and foster positive health outcomes. en_US
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dc.title Barriers to successful aging for older Hispanic immigrants en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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