• Hazuda, Helen P (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


Hispanics are the second largest minority population in the U.S. Mexican
Americans (MA) comprise the largest number subset of Hispanics,
representing 11 of the 18 million U.S. Hispanics. The population growth
rate of aged MA's is 75%, greater than any other population group in the
U.S. In spite of its demographic importance, the health needs, medical
problems and their impact on physical frailty of elderly MA's remains an
under-studied area. To address these issues we propose to conduct the San Antonio Longitudinal
Study of Aging [SALSA]. The specific aims of the project are to carry-out
a comprehensive, cross-sectional functional status assessment among elderly
members (64+ years old) of the San Antonio Heart Study cohort (SAHS). This
assessment will include performance-based and self-report measures of the
full spectrum of physical impairment, disability, and handicap, and will
provide both baseline data for subsequent follow-ups and data needed to
test a cohesive set of hypotheses designed to enhance our understanding of:
1) ethnic differences in functional status and the burden of disease in
elderly MA and non-Hispanic whites, 2) sociocultural determinants of
functional status and the burden of disease within the elderly MA
population; and 3) the association between functional status and the burden
of disease, with a focus on the functional sequelae of four major chronic
diseases: non-insulin dependent diabetes and its complications, coronary
heart disease, hypertension, and arthritis. A longitudinal study of the
burden of disease and functional status among a subset of diabetic subjects
for whom baseline data (collected 1984-1988) are available on both diabetes
complications and functional status and will be nested within the cross-
sectional study. SALSA will include the first longitudinal study of
diabetes, diabetes complications, and functional status in elderly MA. The long-term goal of SALSA is to establish the first prospective,
longitudinal study of aging, functional status, and long-term care in
elderly MA's. The purpose of the longitudinal study will be to follow
elderly cohort members into and through their eighties to document
associations between the burden of disease, subsequent functional status,
and need for long-term care. SALSA will examine underlying factors that
account for observed ethnic differences in physical frailty and subsequent
utilization of health care services.
Effective start/end date9/30/916/30/96


  • National Institutes of Health: $222,192.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $205,430.00


  • Medicine(all)


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