Older Mexicans in the United States and Mexico share many of the same issues and concerns, as well as a common future. Both countries’ populations are aging rapidly, and experts in the fields of gerontology, geriatrics, public health and social work stand to benefit from working together to improve the lives of older Mexicans living on both sides of the border. Thus, the two countries should have a joint interest in understanding how people age successfully.
As geographical neighbors, Mexico’s and America’s present and future are connected in many ways. America is Mexico’s largest trading partner, and Mexico is the United States’ third-largest trading partner. There is also a continuous flow of people in both directions across the border, with more than 1 million U.S. citizens living in Mexico, and Mexico is currently the largest source of immigrants to the United States.