1. Aging Between Two Worlds: Hispanic Elders Thrive on Faith, Optimism, Tradition

    Aging Between Two Worlds: Hispanic Elders Thrive on Faith, Optimism, Tradition

    "Lord, give me the strength of the buffalo, and make me like the eagle," is one of the petitions that makes Loida Medellin fervently pray to God every morning. At age 75, Medellin is originally from Toluca in Mexico, and she calls herself a worshiper of God and Jesus Christ. She says faith is what frees her of any disease and provides all her material and emotional needs. "It is a must for me to pray to thank the almighty and for my family, as soon as I wake up," said Medellin, who provides daycare for her three-year-old great-granddaughter, Sophia at her apartment.

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    1. It is a must for me to pray to thank the almighty and for my family, as soon as I wake up.
    2. Hispanics have practices that preserve us and protect life better. And there is the factor of strength in our people that makes them reach over 80 years old.
    3. However, is most prominent among the first generation of immigrants that still preserves the lifestyle of their countries, especially Mexicans.
    4. There are things to learn from the Mexican lifestyle, and maybe it would be good practice to adopt a bicultural system for new generations of Hispanics.
    5. The difference in life expectancy between two Texas counties like Collin and Anderson can be as large as that between the United States and Bangladesh.
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