Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly (Hispanic EPESE) Series

In the early 80's, the National Institute of Aging funded the Established Populations for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly (EPESE). In the early 1990's the National Institute on Aging launched a Hispanic aging funding initiative, which included the Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly (Hispanic EPESE).

The primary purpose of the Hispanic EPESE was to provide estimates of the prevalence of key physical health conditions, mental health conditions, and functional impairments in older Mexican Americans and to compare these estimates with those for other populations. The Hispanic EPESE attempted to determine whether certain risk factors for mortality and morbidity operate differently in Mexican Americans than in non-Hispanic White Americans, African-Americans, and other major ethnic groups.

Baseline data was collected beginning in September 1993 through June 1994 on a representative sample of community-dwelling Mexican-American elderly, aged 65 years and older, residing in the five southwestern states of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

Follow-up waves of the baseline Hispanic EPESE provided cross-sectional and longitudinal examinations of the predictors of mortality changes in health outcomes, institutionalization and other changes in living arrangements, as well as changes in life situations and quality of life issues.

Beginning with Wave 5, an additional sample of Mexican Americans aged 75 and over was included. The individuals included in this sample had higher average-levels of education than those of the surviving cohort.

The Hispanic EPESE was modeled after the design of the following studies:

  • ESTABLISHED POPULATIONS FOR EPIDEMIOLOGIC STUDIES OF THE ELDERLY, 1981-1993: [EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, IOWA AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES, IOWA, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, AND NORTH CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA] (ICPSR 9915)

  • ESTABLISHED POPULATIONS FOR EPIDEMIOLOGIC STUDIES OF THE ELDERLY, 1996-1997: PIEDMONT HEALTH SURVEY OF THE ELDERLY, FOURTH IN-PERSON SURVEY [DURHAM, WARREN, VANCE, GRANVILLE, AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES, NORTH CAROLINA] (ICPSR 2744).

Data in the Series

Related Publications

Most Recent Publications

2016
Royall, Donald R.,  Palmer, Raymond F.,  Markides, Kyriakos S. Exportation and validation of latent constructs for dementia case finding in a Mexican American population–-based cohort. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.
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2015
Rote, Sunshine,  Angel, Jacqueline L.,  Markides, Kyriakos . Health of elderly Mexican American adults and family caregiver distress. Research on Aging. 37, (3), 306-331.
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2015
Salazar, Ricardo,  Royall, Donald R.,  Palmer, Raymond F. Neuropsychiatric symptoms in community-dwelling Mexican-Americans: Results from the Hispanic Established Population for Epidemiological Study of the Elderly (HEPESE) study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 30, (3), 300-307.
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2014
Angel, Jacqueline L.,  Rote, Sunshine M.,  Brown, Dustin C.,  Angel, Ronald J.,  Markides, Kyriakos S. Nativity status and sources of care assistance among elderly Mexican-origin adults. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. 29, (3), 243-258.
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2014
Gerst-Emerson, Kerstin,  Shovali, Tamar E.,  Markides, Kyriakos S. Loneliness among very old Mexican Americans: Findings from the Hispanic established populations epidemiologic studies of the elderly. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 59, (1), 145-149.
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2014
Monserud, Maria A.,  Peek, M. Kristen . Functional limitations and depressive symptoms: A longitudinal analysis of older Mexican American couples. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 69, (5), 743-762.
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2013
Afable-Munsuz, Aimee,  Gregorich, Steven E.,  Markides, Kyriakos S.,  Perez-Stable, Eliseo J. Diabetes risk in older Mexican Americans: Effects of language acculturation, generation and socioeconomic status. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. 28, (3), 359-373.
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2013
Al Ghatrif, Majd,  Markides, Kyriakos S.,  Kuo, Yong-Fang,  Ray, Laura A.,  Moore, Alison A. The effect of prevalent cardiovascular conditions on the association between alcohol consumption and mortality among older Mexican American men. Ethnicity and Disease. 23, (2), 168-174.
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2013
Espino, David V.,  Angel, Jaqueline L.,  Wood, Robert C.,  Finely, M. Rosina,  Ye, Y. Characteristics of Mexican American elders admitted to skilled nursing facilities in the United States: Data from the Hispanic EPESE Study. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 14, (3), 226.e1-226.e4.
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