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AARP Multicultural Survey July 2001

3. Hispanics

Only nine percent of the sandwich generation is Hispanic.

Several generations: Older Hispanic baby boomers are likely to be surrounded by young and old family members.

  • Hispanic members of the cohort, along with African Americans, generally have more children than average; 29 percent of Hispanics have four or more children, compared with 18 percent of the rest of the nation.

  • When asked to define close family members, 74 percent identify their children, 59 percent spouses, 46 percent parents, and 46 percent siblings. Hispanic women (80%) are more likely than men (69%) to mention children.

  • They are also somewhat more likely (75%) than the cohort as a whole (70%) to have parents who are still living.

  • Hispanic older boomers are more likely (25%) than others to have grown up with grandparents in their homes. They are also twice as likely as other members of their generation to have grown up with an aunt or uncle (16%, compared with 7%), or cousins and other relatives (14%, as opposed to 7%) in the household.

  • As with whites, nearly half of the Hispanics in the cohort are now sandwiched between parents and children. Almost half of those with living parents (45%) report that their parents live nearby, in the same town or city. As one might expect, a much larger than average proportion (18%, compared with 5% of the cohort as a whole) have parents living outside the United States. The finding is no surprise, because a higher percentage (32%) were born abroad.

Family responsibilities: Hispanics are highly engaged caregivers. Their views and needs may well originate in the greater presence of elder family members and, perhaps, the fact that many of them are living in a new culture.

  • While Hispanics have more children of their own than do other Americans between the ages of 45 and 55, they are also more apt to help care for grandchildren, nephews and nieces, or even children of neighbors or friends (19%, compared with 11% among the cohort as a whole).

Prepared for AARP by Belden Russonello & Stewart and Research/Strategy/Management Page 89

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