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percent among 65-plus adults and 42 percent among 85-plus
adults. But the growth in the older Hispanic population was
not far behind; it increased 34 percent among 65-plus adults
and 40 percent among 85-plus adults in those five years.
AARP's DataExplorer website shows that California either
mirrors or exceeds the growth of diversity in the United
States. In 2016, ethnic minorities made up 42 percent
of the total population of 65-plus adults in the state, an
increase from about 39 percent in 2011. Among the 85-plus
population, ethnic minorities made up 30 percent in 2011
and increased to 37 percent by 2016.
Once again, the older Asian population has shown the
greatest growth. In California between 2011 and 2016, this
portion of the population rose 36 percent among those 65-
plus and 47 percent among those 85-plus. The older Hispanic
population also showed similar growth to the United States,
increasing 32 percent among 65-plus adults and 44 percent
among 85-plus adults in five years.
Attitudes toward Diversity
As ethnic diversity is growing, attitudes toward this diversity
are also being tracked. According to a Pew Research Center
conducted in February of 2017, "Nearly two-thirds
of Americans (64%) say an increasing number of people
from different races, ethnic groups and nationalities in the
California's Assisted Living Communities Provide Quality of Life to Residents and Family
. Promatura, 2016.
Pandya, Sheel.
Racial and Ethnic Differences Among Older Adults in Long-Term Care Service
. AARP Public Policy Institute, June 2005.
"AARP DataExplorer."
(accessed November 1, 2017).
In First Month, Views of Trump Are Already Strongly Felt, Deeply Polarized
. Pew Research
Center, February 2017.
Alnaji, Loay, Mahmoud Yousef Askari and Ghaleb El Refae. "Can tolerance of diverse
groups improve the wellbeing of societies?"
International Journal of Economics and
Business Research
. 11:1 (2016), 48-57.
U.S. makes the country a better place to live," a
percentage that has increased eight points since
August of 2016.
And these positive attitudes may benefit
society as a whole, according to a 2016
study published in the
International Journal of
Economics and Business Research
. The study
collected data from 108 countries to examine
the connection between social wellbeing and
"tolerance for immigrants, religious views,
minorities, and gender differences."
Researchers found that there was a
"significant relationship" between a
society's tolerance of diversity and its
wellbeing, concluding that "the less
discrimination a society experiences,
the more wellbeing its citizens
If "a better place to live" means
a sense of wellbeing for all
citizens, including our older
loved ones, then creating
environments that are
inclusive and accepting
of diversity is a great
place to start.
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