Articles written by Dr. Yanira Cruz

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  • The strong role of older adults in our lives

    Dr. Yanira Cruz, Diverse Elders Coalition|May 1, 2022

    U.S. culture is often described as youth focused - a description that is certainly true of U.S. popular culture. Driven by Hollywood standards of beauty and fashion, our media outlets inundate us with images and analyses of trends, as well as star gossip. Invariably, these images and analyses focus on the young and beautiful stars of stage, screen and popular music. Today, however, the U.S. faces a demographic shift that will likely also force a cultural shift. As the nation's baby boomers age,...

  • Diabetes hits Hispanics, Latinos especially hard

    Dr. Yanira Cruz, Diverse Elders Coalition|Aug 1, 2017

    This is an ongoing series from the Diverse Elders Coalition, looking at different segments of the senior population. Hispanics and Latinos make up the fastest-growing demographic of the U.S. population. In 2015, the Hispanic population reached 56.6 million, making Hispanics the nation’s largest ethnic/racial minority, constituting 17.6 percent of the US population. It is projected that by 2060, the Hispanic population will reach 119 million, or 28.6 percent of the U.S. population. In addition to rapid population growth, Hispanics and Latinos a...