|Conference on the elderly in Mexico. (Courtesy photo)|
Aging: The U.S. and Latin America Confront a Demographic Time Bomb, Part II
“I think there are major concerns across the continent. I think the U.S. needs to address that more, particularly with Spanish-speaking people,” says Dr. Rebecca Wong, distinguished professor in health disparities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Wong attributes a good part of the health crisis to new, urban lifestyles and the rampant consumption of junk food and soda (soft drinks). “We struggle with soda consumption. If we got rid of soda we’d solve half the problem,” she contends. “It’s been a hard problem for the U.S. and it's sweeping Latin America as well.”