ERIC Number: ED137001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan-14
Reference Count: 0
The Spanish Origin Elderly: A Demographic Survey, 1970-75.
Estrada, Leonardo F.
Socioeconomic factors related to second class citizenship can not only limit opportunities but also contribute to an acceleration of the aging process. This paper presents baseline data on the socioeconomic plight of the Spanish speaking elderly. Data pertain to: population growth, nativity, family status, education, labor force participation, income, home ownership, mobility, crime victimization, and voting. Data indicate that: although the elderly Spanish origin population has numerically tripled in the last two decades, they represent approximately 3.5% of the total Spanish origin population; the Spanish origin elderly are largely younger elderly; half are of Mexican origin; three-quarters live in the central city of larger metropolitan areas; approximately 10% live with their children; the majority live in husband-wife primary family households; females are more likely to live alone; the Spanish speaking elderly have the second highest illiteracy rate in the U.S. among racial/ethnic groups; they are less likely than other elderly to be retired; they have extremely high rates of home ownership and are more likely than not to own a home built before 1949; they report low rates of victimization and exhibit high rates of "feeling safe" in their neighborhoods; and they have the highest rates of inter-county mobility, especially among persons 85 years and over. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Research Utilization Project/The Generation Connection, Texas State Department of Public Welfare Conference (McAllen, Texas, January 14, 1977) ; Best copy available