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Vulnerability of Older Latino and Asian Immigrants with Limited English Proficiency (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society)

July 1, 2011

CHIS Journal Article

Authors: Giyeon Kim, et al

This journal article used data from the 2007 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) to examine the health status, health service use and barriers to care experienced by Latino and Asian immigrants aged 60 and older. The authors found that older Latinos and Asians who cannot speak English proficiently are much more likely than other elders to be disabled, rate their health as poor, and have psychological distress and high rates of probable serious mental illness than those who had better English-speaking ability or spoke only English. Older immigrants with limited English proficiency were also more likely to be low-income and to have a lower level of educational attainment, two factors strongly correlated with problems accessing and understanding health care.

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