Most Aging Latinos Struggle, Some Get Active, Inspiring Others

According to a recent AARP report, middle-aged and older Hispanics are having the hardest time coping with the Great Recession. About one in five of them have delayed retirement, and one in 10 have taken on a second job.

As the huge baby boom generation—78 million people in the United States born from 1946 through 196, about 10 percent of them Latino—reaches age 65, many aging Hispanics are continuing to work because they need the income. But others keep active willingly and like to inspire people in their communities.

One is Julia Lucila Portugal de Baker, or Lucy Baker as her students know her at the Center for Employment Training (CET) sewing shop in San José, Calif.

Most of Baker’s students—ages 10 to 60--are Mexican women. Baker, who came to California from Bolivia over 45 years ago, worked in the garment industry. Today, she is not only transmitting her sewing expertise to her students, but also her entrepreneurial spirit.

“I want each one of my students to start their business. Two of them have already started,” she said. “They can open an alteration business; that could be a highly profitable business.” READ MORE

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