Challenges for Latino Older Adults

t is projected that by 2019, the Hispanic population aged 65  will be the largest racial/ethnic minority in this age group. The National Hispanic Council on Aging reports that nearly one in five Hispanic older adults lives in poverty compared to ~7% of non-Hispanic White older adults. Poverty, access to health services, and senior hunger are key issues that in turn lead to malnutrition that impact all the aspects of successful aging.

This resource page discusses the risk factors that place Latino older adults at risk for malnutrition, signs and symptoms to watch out for, opportunities for intervention, as well as insight into the settings of care where malnutrition is evident.