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AARP Multicultural Survey July 2001

  • As caregivers for parents, Hispanics tend to be more apt to strongly agree that they should take care of their parents in their old age (34%), compared with 24 percent of other older boomers.

  • Like African Americans and Asian Americans, Hispanics believe that their caregiving efforts have exceeded their parents’ expectations (38%) more often than do non-Hispanic whites (27%).

  • Despite their comparatively high level of effort, many feel they should be doing more or should have done more for their parents (38%). The sentiment is more prevalent among Hispanics than non-Hispanic Whites (19%) or even African Americans (29%).

  • About one-fifth (19%)—more than twice the proportion (9 percent) that prevails among the cohort as a whole—want their children to plan to take care of them, a figure that greatly exceeds the 6 percent among non-Hispanic Whites.

  • Despite their generally higher level of engagement in caregiving, older Hispanic boomers are no more inclined to admit that such responsibilities have created stress on their other important relationships. The proportion of Hispanics reporting such stress ranges from the 14 percent who feel stress on their relationships with friends to the 23 percent who experience stress with spouses or siblings. These rates are similar to those among other groups.

Prepared for AARP by Belden Russonello & Stewart and Research/Strategy/Management Page 91

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