My dad means the world to me. Ever since I was a little girl, I remember wanting to sit alongside papi to watch his favorite T.V. shows. Anything to sit beside him. He loved Bruce Lee movies. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve watched Enter The Dragon. They weren’t the most girly moments, but they were mine to share with my papi. I take care of him because I want to continue sharing those unforgettable moments with him.
*Did you know Hispanics, in specific, are most affected by senior health challenges such as:
- inactive lifestyles
- food insecurity
- access to healthcare
- lack of resources and,
- language barriers
*Older Hispanics (28.2%) were less likely to rate their health as excellent or very good than were older Whites (42.8%) or older Asians (35.3%).
It’s scary to think that our parents are aging but it’s inevitable. As caretakers, we can help our parents age gracefully. Encouraging and assisting my dad with things such as:
- spending time with my kiddo
- helping me make dinner while he teaches me all his tips and tricks
- keeping track of his doctor appointments and prescriptions
- overseeing his daily diet, filling his cabinets with healthy snacks (he has a sweet tooth)
- organize paperwork and to ease stress
- answering any questions he may have about technology, such as using his cell phone, checking/sending messages.
- informing him about resourceful websites like www.UHCLatino.com
Now is a critical time to study senior health at the population level because we know that America’s senior population will grow by more than 50 percent in the next 15 years and that Americans are living longer but sicker lives. As my papi gets older every year, I get a little more concerned with making sure he’s comfortable and happy but most important of all, in the best of health.
I’m glad Bruce Lee made lots of great king fu movies because my dad and I have a lot of hanging out to do. I encourage you to take action of the health of the seniors in your life. For more information on Latino health, please visit www.UHCLatino.com
* For the past 23 years, the United Health Foundation has been examining the health of our nation through its annual America’s Health Rankings report and through this analysis they have found that while Americans are living longer, they are also much sicker. For this reason, the UnitedHealth Foundation decided to take a closer look at the issues that are plaguing older generations of Americans and, for the first time, will be releasingan America’s Health Rankings Senior Report focused on the 65+ population in the United States.