Alley, Dawn E

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    Foreclosure and Health Status
    (2010-02-22) Pollack, Craig Evan; Lynch, Julia; Alley, Dawn; Cannuscio, Carolyn
    In 2009, more than 2.8 million housing units in the U.S. received a foreclosure notice. That represents about 1 in every 45 properties and a 120% increase in the number of foreclosed properties since 2007. Real estate experts predict even more foreclosures in 2010 as high unemployment continues. The cascading effects of the foreclosure crisis on the U.S. economy are all too clear; the effects on individuals’ health status are less obvious. This Issue Brief summarizes two studies that examine the health implications of foreclosure and reveal a vulnerable population that may benefit from coordinated health and financial services.
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    The Shape of Things to Come: Obesity, Aging, and Disability
    (2008-01-01) Alley, Dawn E; Doshi, Jalpa A; Chang, Virginia W
    Rising obesity represents one of the most disturbing health trends in the U.S. and elsewhere. Obese people are at greater risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, disability, and mortality. However, recent studies also suggest that the obese population has grown “healthier” since the 1960s, probably due to improved medical care for cardiovascular disease. It is unclear whether these improvements have resulted in more or less disability in obese people as they age. This Issue Brief summarizes two studies that examine the prevalence of obesity over time in the elderly and disabled, and the changing relationship of obesity and disability.
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    Using Anthropometric Indicators for Mexicans in the United States and Mexico to Understand the Selection of Migrants and the "Hispanic Paradox"
    (2005-09-01) Soldo, Beth J; Crimmins, Eileen M; Alley, Dawn; Kim, Jung Ki
    Anthropometric measures including height provide an indication of childhood health that allows exploration of relationships between early life circumstances and adult health. Height can also be used to provide some indication of how early life health is related to selection of migrants and the Hispanic paradox in the United States. This article joins information on persons of Mexican nativity ages 50 and older in the United States collected in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey IV (NHANES IV 1999-2002) with a national sample of persons of the same age living in Mexico from the Mexican Health and Aging Survey (MHAS 2001) to examine relationships between height, education, migration, and late-life health. Mexican immigrants to the United States are selected for greater height and a high school, rather than higher or lower, education. Return migrants from the United States to Mexico are shorter than those who stay. Height is related to a number of indicators of adult health. Results support a role for selection in the Hispanic paradox and demonstrate the importance of education and childhood health as determinants of late-life health in both Mexico and the United States.