EDINBURG - The Department of Sociology at The University of Texas-Pan American recently launched a random health sampling of the elderly population in the Pharr, San Juan, Alamo, Donna and Weslaco areas.
The project is part of UTPA's Minority Biomedical Research Support Program, and will involve randomly selecting and interviewing two percent of Hidalgo County's population over the age of 45.
"A study such as this one has never been done in the Rio Grande Valley before," said Dr. Elena Bastida, professor and chair of sociology at UTPA. "We are going to study the health patterns of the Valley so we will be able to plan for the future. This study will give us an idea of what we can expect health wise in the future."
The randomly selected participants will be interviewed in depth about changes in health, housing, nutrition and transportation, as well as social and psychological conditions relating to the aging process.
Participants are being selected from the Hispanic community from all economic backgrounds.
The people selected for the study will receive a $20 stipend, and Bastida encourages the participants to cooperate fully with the student researchers in this important study.
For more information on the health study, contact Bastida at 956/381-3322.