Cognitive impairment is a major public health issue that affects older adults’ quality of life and independence. Among older adults, U.S. Latinos have higher rates of cognitive impairment than U.S.-born Whites. This brief describes differences in the prevalence and age patterns of self-reported cognitive impairment between Latinos aged 60 and older living in the U.S. and U.S.-born non-Latino Whites, and within Latino subgroups (U.S.-born Mexicans, foreign-born Mexicans, island-born Puerto Ricans, and foreign-born Cubans). Findings show higher rates of cognitive impairment among U.S. Latinos than among non-Latino Whites, with especially high rates among island-born Puerto Ricans and both U.S.- and foreign-born Mexicans. To address these disparities, policymakers and health care providers must advance culturally relevant programs and policies that promote healthy cognitive aging among older Latino subgroups.
COVID-19, Latino Health, Cognitive Impairment, Neurological Health, Race Disparities
Cognitive Science | Race and Ethnicity | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology
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The authors acknowledge David Warner, Brian Downer, and Mukaila Raji for their contributions to the peer-reviewed article summarized in this brief. We also acknowledge Shannon Monnat and Alexandra Punch for edits and feedback on a previous version of this brief.
Pendergrast, Claire; Garcia, Marc A.; and Garcia, Catherine, "Latinos Report Higher Rates of Cognitive Impairment than U.S.-Born Whites, But Rates Vary Between Latino Subgroups" (2022). Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: Population Health Research Brief Series. 167.
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