Migrant Senectud, health panorama in the US

Faced with the problem of migration of Mexican citizens, the sector of older adults forms a population group who has endured a long period of time adapting to a new life and now requires specific attention to their health.

In 2008 the organization Binational Health Week He released some figures about adult people and their health problems in the United States.

  • 4% of the older adult Mexican migrant population, 65 years of age or older, stated that they were more or less well or poorly healthy.
  • Within the chronic diseases Typical of this sector of the population are: high blood pressure (48%), diabetes (30%) and heart problems (11%).
  • Refering to mortality , the four main causes of death of older adults of Latin origin are heart disease, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

Among the last official data of 2005 published, by the Ministry of the Interior and the National Population Council (CONAPO), the presence of 710 thousand elderly Mexican adults in the United States stood out.

More than 140,000 Mexicans of advanced age, resident in the neighboring country, are not insured, which represents a condition of extreme fragility in the face of any disease, especially chronic-degenerative diseases, common in old age.

Most of these Mexican people aged in that country, since it is estimated that 62% of Mexicans older than 60 years emigrated before 1975. They and they have contributed to the US economy, at least for 30 years.

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