The Roybal Institute maintains a regularly updated database of the most recent academic literature and relevant reports that focus on issues affecting minority elders and their families. The bibliography is not intended to be exhaustive, but we hope it provides useful and timely information for researchers, policy advocates, health service providers and others who wish to learn more about aging and diverse populations.
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Hughes, A.K., Woodward, A.T., & Velez-Ortiz, D. (2013). Chronic Illness Intrusion: Role Impairment and Time Out of Role in Racially and Ethnically Diverse Older Adults. The Gerontologist
Researchers investigate how social roles may be impacted by chronic illness for African American, black Caribbean, white, Latino, and Asian older adults with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes.
Su, D., Wen, M., & Markides, K.S. (2013). Is Self-Rated Health Comparable Between Non-Hispanic Whites and Hispanics? Evidence From the Health and Retirement Study. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B
The study finds that Hispanic respondents reported worse self-rated health than whites at baseline, but they had a similar risk of mortality as whites.
Pinto, J.M., Schumm, L.P., Wroblewski, K.E., Kern, D.W., & McClintock, M.K. (2013). Racial Disparities in Olfactory Loss Among Older Adults in the United States. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A
The study finds that African Americans and Hispanics had significantly worse olfactory function compared to whites.
Maciuba, S.A., Westneat, S.C., & Reed, D.B. (2013). Active Coping, Personal Satisfaction, and Attachment to Land in Older African-American Farmers. Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Researchers hope their findings will frame culturally appropriate strategies for the small but growing population of African-American farmers.
Ogedegbe, G., Fernandez, S., Fournier, L., et al. (2013). The Counseling Older Adults to Control Hypertension (COACH) Trial: Design and Methodology of a Group-based Lifestyle Intervention for Hypertensive Minority Older Adults. Contemporary Clinical Trials
The Counseling Older Adults to Control Hypertension trial is a randomized controlled trial of 250 older African-American and older Latino with uncontrolled hypertension who attend senior centers.
Basu, S. & Millett, C. (2013). Social Epidemiology of Hypertension in Middle-Income Countries Determinants of Prevalence, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Control in the WHO SAGE Study. Hypertension
Researchers find that the social epidemiology of hypertension in middle-income countries was more similar to high-income countries than previously hypothesized.
Ahmed, N.U., Pelletier, V., Winter, K., & Albatineh, A.N. (2013). Factors Explaining Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Rates of Physician Recommendation for Colorectal Cancer Screening. American Journal of Public Health
Researchers find that socioeconomic status and access to health care may explain major racial/ethnic disparities in colorectal cancer screening screening recommendation rates.
Tucker, J.V. (2013). Strengthening Social Security: Views Among African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and White Americans. National Academy of Social Insurance
The report finds that Americans of all racial and ethnic groups want to strengthen Social Security, and African Americans and Hispanics express particularly strong support for the program.
Hodge, D.R. & Wolosin, R.J. (2013). American Indians and Spiritual Needs During Hospitalization: Developing a Model of Spiritual Care. The Gerontologist
Researchers conduct the first study to develop and test a model of spiritual care for older hospitalized American Indians.
Thorpe Jr., R.J., Wilson-Frederick, S.M., Bowie, J.V., et al. (2013). Health Behaviors and All-Cause Mortality in African American Men. American Journal of Men's Health
Findings from the study suggest that efforts to improve longevity should focus on interventions aimed at smoking cessation and increasing physical activity in African American men.