Latinos and Alzheimer's Disease


Alzheimer’s are expected to increase as the senior population continues to grow nationally. Latinos are 50 percent more likely to develop the disease than their white counterparts, researchers from the University of Southern California say. Between 2012 and 2060, the number of Latinos in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to increase 832 percent — from 379,000 to more than 3.5 million, this research indicates.

Despite this, experts say Latinos living with Alzheimer's are less likely to seek formal treatment for it, often because of financial barriers, including not having health insurance. (Nearly 20 percent of Latinos in Chicago do not.) Language and cultural barriers also create challenges in accessing care, experts note.

Researchers do not fully understand why older Latino and black adults are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Genetics, level of education, coincidence of chronic disease, like diabetes, and stress are all suspected factors, as is an inactive lifestyle and poor nutrition.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Latinos and the Secondhand Smoke in NYC


A study released this February by the New York City Health Department on Second-Hand Smoke and Smoke-Free housing in NYC revealed some interesting data concerning secondhand smoke. 

An alarming 44% of New Yorkers said they are exposed to secondhand smoke inside their own homes from an outside source. In regards to ethnic groups, the study shows that 56% of the Latino adults were more likely to smell secondhand smoke at home from outside than all other non-Latino racial/ethnic groups. Blacks (44%) were more likely to smell cigarettes smoke than Whites (38%) and Asian/Pacific Islanders (35%). 

Another section of the study analyzed the number of smoke-free buildings in the city. The result is 4 out of 10 New Yorkers report they lived in a smoke-free building. Latinos (45%) and Asian Pacific Islanders (49%) were also more likely to report their building had a smoke-free policy than Whites (36%) or Blacks (37%).

Three-quarters of all New Yorkers (77%) also reported they had their own in-home smoke free policy. Latinos (85%) were more likely to prohibit smoke in their homes, followed by Blacks (84%), Whites (83%), and Asian/Pacific Islanders (67%).

Read the full report HERE

A Snapshot of the Latino Population in NYC




According to the research Health of Latinos in New York City by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's, NYC residents who identify themselves as Latino or Hispanic account for nearly a third of the city's population. From 2000 to 2015, the Latino population grew by more than 14% to 2,485,125. 

The largest heritage groups in NYC are Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. More than Half of Latinos are US-born. Of Latinos born outside of the US, nearly three-quarters have lived in the US for 10 years or more.



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Latinos often identify by heritage alone and may not identify as a separate race. Among NYC Latinos, 7% identify as Black, 37% identify as White and approximately 55% identify as Other.

Age Distribution
The Latino population is younger than the non-Latino population, with a higher percentage of children, teens and young adults and lower percentage of older adults.

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Read the entire research HERE.




Hi, Folks!

This week we will see the difference between PARIENTE (Spanish) and PARENT (English).




Ese hombre es PARIENTE lejano mío.

That man is a distant RELATIVE of mine.





Ser PADRE es la cosa más difícil que he hecho.  

Being a PARENT is the hardest thing I have ever done.


No quiero que la gente me tache de mala MADRE.

I don't want people to judge me as a bad PARENT.


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The Flu Epidemic and the Latino Community


Every year the Latino community is hit harder by influenza than other demographics, according to several studies. In 2016, the flu was the third highest cause of death among Latinos in New York City.Reports show Hispanics and Latinos are less likely to get vaccinated than other ethnic groups.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 39.1 percent of Latino adults do not get vaccinated, in comparison to 49.1 percent of non-Hispanic adults. Access to health care is also a factor that impacts the community directly. About 20 percent of Latinos under 65 years old do not have health insurance, according to the CDC, and 27 percent lack a regular physician.

This is why the CDC targets the community to break down language barriers and reluctance toward immunization by distributing material in Spanish. The agency even created telenovela-like ad titled Un Amor Prohibido, which reminds the community how important vaccines are for families and pregnant women.

Flu case numbers and ER visits are escalating to alarming rates, with deaths from related infections, like pneumonia and septic shock, headlining the news. To prevent getting and spreading influenza, the CDC recommends a yearly vaccine that protects against a variety of flu viruses.