Norma has been working since she was a teenager. She started working as a farmworker, then became a cannery worker and now works in childcare.
Despite decades of hard work—sometimes holding down two jobs—now at 60 years old, she is unsure if she “will ever be able to retire,” said Norma, whose name has been changed.
Norma’s story is illustrative of the challenges that Latino seniors face trying to afford retirement, health care, food and housing.
Latinos are the greatest growing demographic in California, comprising 75 percent of the population growth in the state, including 20 percent of adults 65 and over and a quarter of adults in the 50-64 age group.
Despite the economic and social challenges faced by the Latino community, Latinos often live long lives. However, our quality of life and health can be improved. The experience of our grandparents, parents and the Latino elder community is key in understanding California’s most pressing health, social and economic justice challenges.
By our very own Rebecca DeLaRosa Director of legislative affairs