PBS NewsHour: As Hispanic population explodes in U.S., so too will their need for long-term care

3 of 9Adult Day Health Care dilemma Trinidad Contreras is a fixture at Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care facility in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Due to budget cuts, the state declared Contreras no longer eligible for benefits, but Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care is continuing to let him participate in its programs without getting reimbursed while he appeals. He spends the hours between about 10 am and 2 pm playing dominos, walking the courtyard and tending the small garden boxes. (Dan Honda/Staff)


By 2060, nearly one in three U.S. residents will be Hispanic. That population is expected to more than double from the current 53 million to nearly 129 million. And as a group, Hispanics are projected to make up more than a fifth of the 65+ U.S. population by 2060.

The non-Hispanic white population will peak in a decade at almost 200 million. But unlike other groups, it’s projected to slowly decrease through 2060.

And over the past decade or so, the number of nursing home beds has shrunk and the residents are becoming more Hispanic, black and Asian — and less white, as the affluent elderly have opted for assisted living and other more desirable forms of care, according to Zhanlian Feng, assistant professor of community health in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.


Continue reading here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2014/01/hispanics-becoming-a-larger-part-of-the-older-population-but-have-less-access-to-nursing-homes.html


PBS NewsHour Increasing demand moves long-term care centers to cater to Latino elders

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