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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158084
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Aging at the US-Mexico Border
Abstract:
Aging at the US-Mexico Border
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2004
Author:Guo, G., MSN, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Arizona, College of Nursing
Contact Address:University of Arizona, CON, PO Box 210203 , Tucson, AR, 85721-0203, USA
Co-Authors:Phillips, L, PhD, RN, FAAN
AIMS: The overall aim of the study was to gain a comprehensive view of the aging experiences among Hispanic and Anglo elders living in a rural county along the US-Mexico Border in Arizona. The study used three approaches: key informant interviews, interview with elders, and analysis of archived data. This paper focuses on key informant interviews. The research questions focused on (1) the health status of elders living at the border, (2) the need for health care and patterns of health care utilization of elders living at the border, (3) the community capacity to meet the needs of individuals aging at the border and identification of service gaps, and (4) the educational needs of health professions in relation to aging and providing care to elders. BACKGROUND: The US-Mexico border is the largest frontier between the developed and the developing world and one of the most dynamic regions of the country. While low per capita income, access to health care, and immigrant status affect individuals living at the border in all age groups, the elderly are particularly vulnerable because of health disparities related to ethnicity, the special problems associated with chronic illnesses among the elderly and the traditional focus of most health providers and health services on the needs of youth and children. Although the percentage of elders at the border currently rivals the rest of the US and is growing rapidly, the health care needs of elders living at the border are largely invisible. METHODS: This study employed a participatory action research design. Interviews were conducted among key informants (N=29) including health and social services providers for elderly and community leaders. Content analysis focused on identifying common themes and concerns related to the elderly population. FINDINGS: Major themes identified from the study were: (1) infrastructure issues that limited the community’s capacity to respond to aging population needs, (2) cultural influences on health beliefs, practice and use of services, (3) border crossing issues, (4) health problems and special needs populations, (5) educational needs for service providers. IMPLICATIONS: This study provided systematic reports on aging at the border which will inform the community members, policy makers, service agencies and healthcare providers for needed changes. Based on the information, educational programs and research projects will be proposed for health professionals targeted at reducing health disparities in elders at the US-Mexico border. Acknowledgement: Funded by the Arizona Center on Aging and Arizona Geriatric Education Center.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAging at the US-Mexico Borderen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158084-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Aging at the US-Mexico Border</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Guo, G., MSN, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Arizona, College of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">University of Arizona, CON, PO Box 210203 , Tucson, AR, 85721-0203, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Phillips, L, PhD, RN, FAAN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">AIMS: The overall aim of the study was to gain a comprehensive view of the aging experiences among Hispanic and Anglo elders living in a rural county along the US-Mexico Border in Arizona. The study used three approaches: key informant interviews, interview with elders, and analysis of archived data. This paper focuses on key informant interviews. The research questions focused on (1) the health status of elders living at the border, (2) the need for health care and patterns of health care utilization of elders living at the border, (3) the community capacity to meet the needs of individuals aging at the border and identification of service gaps, and (4) the educational needs of health professions in relation to aging and providing care to elders. BACKGROUND: The US-Mexico border is the largest frontier between the developed and the developing world and one of the most dynamic regions of the country. While low per capita income, access to health care, and immigrant status affect individuals living at the border in all age groups, the elderly are particularly vulnerable because of health disparities related to ethnicity, the special problems associated with chronic illnesses among the elderly and the traditional focus of most health providers and health services on the needs of youth and children. Although the percentage of elders at the border currently rivals the rest of the US and is growing rapidly, the health care needs of elders living at the border are largely invisible. METHODS: This study employed a participatory action research design. Interviews were conducted among key informants (N=29) including health and social services providers for elderly and community leaders. Content analysis focused on identifying common themes and concerns related to the elderly population. FINDINGS: Major themes identified from the study were: (1) infrastructure issues that limited the community&rsquo;s capacity to respond to aging population needs, (2) cultural influences on health beliefs, practice and use of services, (3) border crossing issues, (4) health problems and special needs populations, (5) educational needs for service providers. IMPLICATIONS: This study provided systematic reports on aging at the border which will inform the community members, policy makers, service agencies and healthcare providers for needed changes. Based on the information, educational programs and research projects will be proposed for health professionals targeted at reducing health disparities in elders at the US-Mexico border. Acknowledgement: Funded by the Arizona Center on Aging and Arizona Geriatric Education Center.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T20:29:34Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T20:29:34Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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