The research, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found more first-generation Mexican-Americans reported physical limitations doing activities such as walking, climbing stairs, reaching, lifting or carrying than immigrants from Mexico.
Lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson, Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair at University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, said the study involved data from a nationally representative 2006 American Community Survey, which included more than 13,000 residents born in the United States and more than 11,000 immigrants.
"With one-quarter of older Mexican-American immigrants and 30 percent of Mexican-Americans born in the United States reporting substantial physical limitations, there is a clear need for providing all Mexican-American older adults with appropriate health care, particularly in light of the rapid growth of this population" said study co-author Amani Nuru-Jeter, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Berkeley.
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