Convivir (to Coexist) and Other Insights: Results From the Positive Aging for Latinos Study

Lissette M. Piedra, Melissa J. K. Howe, John Ridings, Yadira Montoya, Kendon J. Conrad

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Many Latinos in the United States do not have access to culturally sensitive services to help them age well. We combined community-based participatory research with concept mapping methods to understand how a sample of community-dwelling Latino older adults view positive aging. Nine focus groups (N = 101) generated 85 non-repeating statements, which were used to produce a final map with 11 clusters, organized into four overarching regions: Convivir (To Coexist), Self-Sufficiency, Perspectives on Life, and Healthy Behaviors. Further analyses revealed three themes: (1) the importance of varied social connections, as conveyed by the region labeled Convivir; (2) a multifaceted understanding of “stability” that includes finances, relationships, and spirituality; and (3) the need for a mature mindset reflected in the thematic cluster Tomalo Suave (Take It Easy). Findings can inform the development of interventions for Latino older adults and the cultural adaptation of programs initially designed for non-Latinos.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number073346482110692
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Early online dateJan 31 2022
StatePublished - May 2022


  • health promotion
  • concept mapping
  • positive aging
  • hispanic/latino
  • successful aging
  • mixed methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology


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