Do Latino Older Adults and Service Providers Agree on Positive Aging? Using Concept Mapping to Compare Perspectives

Lissette M. Piedra, Melissa J.K. Howe, John Ridings, Melissa Gutwein

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Background and Objectives: In the United States, Latino adults are a growing segment of the aging population who will need research-informed interventions to help them age successfully. Arguably, how Latino older adults and service providers understand “positive aging” serves as an important precursor for the cultivation of such interventions. This investigation explored whether Latino older adults’ conceptualizations of positive aging aligned with those of service providers. Research Design and Methods: We compared how Latino older adults (n = 93) and service providers (n = 45) rated 85 positive aging statements produced by Latino older adults. These 85 items were used to generate a concept map, which displays those items thematically by clusters and overarching regions of meaning. Results: We found divergences at each level of the map—statements, clusters, and regions—which illuminate differences between how service providers and Latino older adults think about Latino positive aging. For example, whereas Latino older adults prioritized the cluster containing items related to internal well-being, service providers rated it seventh of 11 clusters. The region comprising clusters related to relationships garnered the highest agreement between groups, but also a notable departure; compared to Latino older adults, service providers rated community and social involvement as less important. Discussion and Implications: Understanding such differences can help providers tailor services consistent with the interests of Latino older adults. Future studies should examine the extent to which stakeholders believe various aspects of positive aging are modifiable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-181
Number of pages13
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2023


  • Community-based services
  • Hispanic older adults
  • Successful aging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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