Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work
Health, poverty and service use among older West Indian women in Greater Hartford
Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Service
Date of Publication
Highlights the phenomenon of aging in the West Indian migrant community in the United States. Presents the results of a cross-sectional exploratory survey of 107 community-dwelling West Indian women aged 55 years and over living in the Greater Hartford region of Connecticut. Analysis reveals positive self-reports of health and few limiting or disabling conditions. Notes that there is substantial income inequality, a negative relationship between age group and income and limited use of services among those women most likely to require them. Suggests that some of the qualities which contributed to West Indians becoming the 'Black success model' in the U.S. may be counterproductive for successful aging. Outlines a community-based strategy for addressing these issues.....