Undocumented individuals face pervasive and structural barriers due to their immigration status that block them from the services older adults depend on to successfully age in place. Meanwhile, Illinois has among the highest populations of U.S. undocumented individuals (400,000+). The movement of the population into senior years has substantial implications for public systems of health, health care and social services throughout the state.
This report explores how the undocumented population in Illinois will continue to grow by 2030, as well as discuss in depth the implications of that data. The Rush Department of Social Work & Community Health, the Rush Center for Excellence in Aging, the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Center for Community Health Equity decided to collaborate on a project to better understand the current undocumented older adult population and estimate its expected growth over the next decade. These aforementioned partners at Rush University Medical Center worked with Rob Paral & Associates to find these estimates, and subsequently convened a collaborative of individuals with both personal experience, as well as professional experience working with the undocumented community, older adults, and/or their intersections.
Principal investigator(s): Padraic Stanley, LCSW; Brittney Lange-Maia, PhD, MPH