Studying biobehavioral aspects of health disparities among older adult minorities.
Current projections suggest that by 2050, the total number of non-Hispanic Whites aged 65 and over will double, the number of Blacks aged 65 and over will more than triple, and the number of Hispanics will increase 11-fold. These significant increases in older minority adults in the United States are in direct contrast to the current limited knowledge about health behaviors like smoking, drinking, and drug use among older Americans. This represents a major area of opportunity for researchers to advance science on the long-term effects of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. The provision of appropriate public health information for these populations depends, in part, on increased basic and social/behavioral research and particularly on integrative biobehavioral approaches in these understudied older groups. This article provides a brief overview of some of the challenges faced in studying older ethnic minority adults. These include issues such as recruitment, conceptualization, and methodology. Some potential areas for future research are offered.
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