Many Americans are wondering (and may be worrying) about the impact of the growing Latino population. That’s not surprising: in 1970 there were only 9 million Latinos (4.5% of the nation’s population) but today they’re fifty million strong—and by 2050, that number is projected to grow to ninety-five million. So maybe it’s time to reflect on this important trend.
Much of the nation’s attention has centered on immigration (or, more specifically, illegal immigration). That’s unfortunate, because there’s a much greater story here. A more interesting issue is who’s going to pay for Medicare, Social Security, and other costs of an aging society that has barely begun to reflect the seventy million aging baby boomers who just began to draw from Medicare in 2011. Another critical issue for the United States is how to remain a prominent global economic player if its labor force is shrinking. That’s a question that Japan, European countries, Korea, and even China, with its one-child policy, are also grappling with.
For the United States, part of the answer is its Latino population, the nation’s youngest and fastest-growing minority, which has shown a strong work ethic and the desire to move up the socioeconomic ladder like previous populations. For Latinos, the two-fold challenge is this: how to enhance their education levels and skills in order to be relevant in the information economy and meet the needs of the modern workplace; and how to rise at a time when federal, state, and local budgets are strained, if not declining.
Why an Aging America Needs Latinos looks at areas ranging from the Latino experience, to economic shifts in the world, the United States and Latino communities, to the critical thinking approaches which everyone must embrace to compete in today’s world, to a review of how Latinos see themselves and how they might have to change, to detailed strategies and programs families and neighborhoods should consider to advance both.
All proceeds from book sales will go to the California Community Foundation who supported this book.