This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and United Health Foundation. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
According to the UHF America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, American's are now living longer than ever but at the same time, they are much sicker than ever. That is why the United Health Foundation decided to take a closer look and find out what is plaguing our older generation. This is an important time to study senior health because within the next 15 years America's senior population will increase an astonishing 50% and more.
As Hispanics this information is important to us because our seniors are faced with more challenges and sicknesses than other senior populations. We are faced with illnesses stemming from obesity, lack of activity, poverty, and access to health care among others. One of the positives for our seniors is that the Hispano community is more hands-on with the care of their elders, than other races. That means that they will have someone to count on and help them navigate through all the problems they may face.
Did you know?
- Hispanics depend on the help from family at the rate of two times more than other senior populations?
- Hispanic older adults are expected to become the largest racial/ethnic minority of those aged 65 and older by 2019.
- Older Hispanics (28.2%) were less likely to rate their health as excellent or very good than were older Whites (42.8%) or older Asians (35.3%).
One way to help our older adults is to stay informed. Read the America’s Health Rankings Senior Report by visiting www.americashealthrankings.com/senior. Gather all the information on which risk areas are most prominent in your state and take action to make a difference. In California, the main issues are obesity, smoking, diabetes and lack of physical activity.
My mom is now 76 years old and even though she has suffered through 4 strokes, has high blood pressure and is constantly attacked by other illnesses, she still tries to live an active and busy life. In order to keep her feeling her best we help her by:
- making sure she gets to visit her doctor regularly
- ordering and picking up her 9 medications every month
- everyone makes sure she is eating by making a plate for her every time anyone cooks (she cooks herself so sometimes she might be overfed, lol)
- making sure she keeps active (my mom will walk 1 mile to Walmart 4 days of the week)
- just being there for her and checking up on her all throughout the day
A lot of times just being there for our elders will make all the difference. Even though our house is chaotic and it can get very stressful at moments, I don't see her being off living by herself. We did this once before she was really sick and it was so hard back then for me to be able to check in on her a few times a week. She was already starting to get sick and once almost burned down the kitchen of her apartment. She also got really lonely because not a lot of people stopped by to see her. For me, having my mom here means that I don't have to worry about her so much. Not having to drive an hour to check on her, gives us more time to cook, eat and take care of her errands. Her welfare is one of the most important things and having her with me daily ensures that I will know if anything is wrong.
I believe in taking action to make a difference in my moms life. That means keeping up-to-date on her health and reading up on ways to help her maintain a healthier life. To find out more about Latino Health please visit www.UHCLatino.com.