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Health, Poverty and Service Use Among Older West Indian Women in Greater Hartford

SUMMARY. This study brings to light the phenomenon of aging in the West Indian migrant community in the United States. It presents the results of a cross-sectional exploratory survey of 107 community-dwelling West Indian women aged 55 years and over living in the Greater Hartford region of Connecticut. The data analysis reveals positive self-reports of health and few limiting or disabling conditions. However, there is substantial income inequality, a negative relationship between age group and income and limited use of services among those women most likely to require them. The findings suggest

Peta-Anne Baker, PhD, is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica (E-mail: [email protected]).