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“The character of a country is defined by how we treat our most vulnerable citizens”

By Nicolás Peña

Washington, D.C. December 2017.- “Let’s work together to make sure that all seniors can age in serenity and dignity, knowing that they are secure and cared for by the people, community, and nation that they served for so long. The character of a country is defined by how we treat our most vulnerable citizens”, highlighted Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), during NHCOA’s Annual Awards Dinner and Fundraiser.

It was a special celebration held at the Mexican Cultural Institute to honor dedicated people, who have made meaningful and lasting contributions in the field of aging.

Launching its annual Hall of Fame, NHCOA revealed the “Class of 2017,” which was inducted during the gala. Following are the inaugural members:

  • Alejandro Garcia a former chair of the National Hispanic Council on Aging Board of Directors.
  • Carmela Lacayo is the founder and current President and CEO of the National Association for Hispanic Elderly.
  • Fernando Torres-Gil is well recognized and respected academic who currently serves as a Professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy at UCLA.
  • Josefina Carbonell is the Senior Vice President of Long-Term Care and Nutrition at Independent Living Systems (ILS).
  • (†) Marta Sotomayor was a founder, and the first executive director of the National Hispanic Council on Aging.
  • (†) Ophelia Sandoval Rinaldi was a founder and former board member of the National Hispanic Council on Aging.
  • Raul Yzaguirre is an American civil rights activist who has made significant contributions to the aging field.

The first award of the night was The Special Recognition Award to Congressman Raul Ruiz, for his commitment to improving the health of diverse populations. “On behalf of the thousands of Hispanic older adults we serve, Our Board of Directors, and our Business Advisory Council members, I want to express our gratitude for all the support, guidance, and leadership of Congressman Raul Ruiz”, said Dr. Cruz, who presented the award.

During the award ceremony, the Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL’s Administrator, Lance Robertson, highlighted the importance of supporting families and caregivers, protecting rights and preventing abuse, connecting people to resources, expanding employment opportunities, and strengthening the aging and disability networks.

AARP, honoring its social commitment, became one of the most important partners for NHCOA this past year. During the gala and on behalf of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, Yvette Peña, AARP’s Vice President for Hispanic/Latino Audience Strategy presented The Caregiving AARP Service Award to José Acarón, State Director of AARP Puerto Rico.

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) has been an important partner to NHCOA, and Dr. Matthew Lin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the OMH at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was honored with The Special Recognition Award for his commitment to improving the health of diverse populations.

John Feather, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Grantmakers  In Aging (GIA), accepted the 2017 Ophelia Rinaldi Lifetime Achievement Award that recognizes Dr. Feather’s decades of work in philanthropy, gerontology, education, and his commitment to improving the lives of older adults, and his past service on the board of the National Hispanic Council on Aging.

The Outstanding Community Service Award went to Blanca Stumpo for demonstrating excellence, innovation and commitment to the wellbeing of Hispanic older adults.

The Entrepreneurship Recognition Award went to Abimarlee Martinez, Marketing Manager for Telemundo Washington D.C.,  for her commitment to advancing and innovating public and private partnership to improve the wellbeing of our society, and the President’s Award went to Claudia Carravetta, AbbVie’s Director for Government Affairs, for her strong commitment to supporting policy and programs valuable to Hispanic families.

Television personality, public speaker, and activist Marco Antonio Regil served as Master of Ceremony of NHCOA’s Annual Awards Dinner. Mr. Regil shared his experience as a caregiver in a viewing of “Cada Paso del Camino” a documentary produced by AARP.

The Fundraising Session was guided by Dr. Anderson Torres, the President of R.A.I.N. TOTAL CARE, INC. R.A.I.N. Services include: 12 Full-Service Senior Centers, Home Delivered Meals, Home Care Services serving Homebound Persons of all ages, Integrated Care Coordination, Housing, Case Management, Advocacy, Support Groups for the Elderly and their Caregivers, Alzheimer’s initiatives, Transportation and Intergenerational programs.

NHCOA’s Annual Awards Dinner was sponsored by: AARP, Abbott, Anthem, AbbVie, America’s Biopharmaceutical Companies- GOBOLDLY, Compassion & Choices, Herbalife, Pfizer, Verizon and UnitedHealthcare.

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Caregiving – Let’s bring it out of the shadows!

By Nicolás Peña

Washington, D.C. November 2017. – To continue a national dialogue that spotlights the acknowledgement and support of the caregiver’s role was the conclusion that closed the third edition of the Hispanic Caregiving Thought Leaders Roundtable that ended on Friday, November 17th, 2017.

This gathering convened and organized by the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), was held at HealthInsight, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was attended by 31 professionals with expertise in the field of aging, specifically focused on Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers.

The collaboration and discussion that transpired in this gathering was used to establish the baseline issues that helped to identify the role of caregivers and the training required to build acceptance and commonality among them. Those who were participating and the takeaways of their collective responses are intended to address the realities of caregivers.

Taking caregivers “out of the shadows” was the challenge that Albuquerque Chapter collaboratively decided upon, and in order to achieve this goal, they are going to use their experiences in New Mexico to move forward their agenda  on aging. Here are a few of their recommendations:

  • Admitting that they accept the role of a caregiver
  • Education and understanding of who a caregiver actually is
  • Identifying and understanding their value as a caregiver
  • How paid or unpaid caregiving fits into the equation

On October 20, 2017, The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), led the Hispanic Caregiving Thought Leaders Roundtable, which was held at the American Cancer Society headquarters in New York City. The attendees concluded that in order to achieve the goal of wellbeing and aging with dignity for older adults, it is necessary to guarantee the emotional and physical health of those who take care of them, as well as their financial stability.

The following list below represents the contributors and participants who were present at The Hispanic Caregiving Thought Leaders Roundtable in New Mexico.

Facilitators:

Cindy Padilla – Chair, Board of Directors – NHCOA.

Eugene Varela – State Director – AARP New Mexico.

Introduction:

Dr. Yanira Cruz – President and CEO of NHCOA

Presentations:

Marcia Medina – Director, Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging, North Central NM Economic Development District.

Liz Hamm – Field Representative, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Virginia Dickson-AARP Volunteer.

Asia Negron-Esposito – AARP Volunteer.

María Gutierrez – Caregiver.

Agnes Vallejos  – Former Director of Alzheimer’s Association in New Mexico.

Michele Jacquez-Ortiz – Caregiver

Dave Nezzie  – Rep. Sen. Martin Heinrich.

Aurora Sanchez – Saint Vincent de Paul Archdiocesan Council of Santa Fe.

Clifford M. Rees, JD, Constituent Liaison, Office of Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (NM-03).

Josefina Mata – Executive Director, Concilio CDS Inc.

Rhonda Romero  – Social Security Administration

Carlos Moya – Division Director, Consumer & Elder Rights, NM Aging & Long-Term Services Dept.

Jere Kelly – SAGE Albuquerque Advisory Committee Member and Retired Geriatrician.

Meriah Heredia-Griego – Director of the University of New Mexico’s Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR).

Verónica Plaza, MD, MPH – University of New Mexico, Office of Community Health and Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Revathi A-Davidson, MA, MPH – Healthcare and Hospital Administration (Retired)

Lorrie Griego – Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Program Manager for Advance Care Planning and New Mexico State Director.

Leah Steimel, MPH – Encuentro, Fourfold Partners, Albuquerque, NM.

Edward Ackron – Program Manager, Office of Indian Elder Affairs (OIEA).

Jason Aleman – Associate Executive Director, Encuentro, Fourfold Partners, Albuquerque, NM.

Randella Bluehouse – Executive Director, National Indian Council on Aging.

Michelle Briscoe – City of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Area Agency on Aging, Department of Family and Community Services.

Gino Rinaldi – Director, Santa Fe Senior Services.

David Ramirez – Trill Multicultural

Amos Atencio – NHCOA Board Member.

Margy Weinbar – Executive Director, HealthInsight New Mexico

Patricia Montoya – Executive Director, NM Coalition for Healthcare Value.

Hispanic & Latino Caregivers, a sacarlos de las sombras!

Por Nicolás Peña

Washington, D.C. Noviembre 2017.- Con el compromiso de continuar un diálogo nacional que permita la institucionalización de la labor del caregiver, culminó el viernes 17 de noviembre, la tercera edición de la Hispanic Caregiving Thought Leaders Roundtable.

El encuentro organizado por el Consejo Nacional Hispano para el Adulto Mayor, (NHCOA por sus siglas en inglés), se desarrolló en la sede de HealthInsight, ubicada en la ciudad de Albuquerque, New Mexico, y  contó con la participación de 31 expertos en temas relacionados con el adulto mayor, sus familiares, y quienes cuidan de ellos.

La información como base para identificar el rol del caregiver y el entrenamiento como método de formación y aceptación, fueron los puntos de encuentro entre la mayoría de los asistentes. “Sacarlos de la sombra” fue el reto, que desde lo local, se planteo el Capítulo Albuquerque, que se apoyará en la experiencia y liderazo del estado de New Mexico sobre los temas del adulto mayor Hispano.

Recientemente, NHCOA lideró la Hispanic Caregiving Thought Leaders Roundtable – New York Edition, desarrollada en la Sociedad Americana contra el Cáncer, y en donde los asistente llegaron a la conclusión de que para lograr el bienestar y acompañamiento digno de los adultos mayores, es necesario garantizar la salud emocional y física de quienes cuidan de ellos, así como su estabilidad económica.

A continuación, el listado de los participantes durante la Hispanic Caregiving Thought Leaders Roundtable – New Mexico Edition:

Facilitadores:

Cindy Padilla

Chair, Board of Directors, NHCOA.

Eugene Varela

State Director, AARP New Mexico.

Apertura:

Dra. Yanira Cruz, presidenta de NHCOA

Intervenciones:

Marcia Medina – Director, Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging, North Central NM Economic Development District.

Liz Hamm – Field Representative, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Virginia Dickson-AARP Volunteer.

Asia Negron-Esposito – AARP Volunteer.

María Gutierrez – Caregiver.

Agnes Vallejos  – Former Director of Alzheimer’s Association in New Mexico.

Michele Jacquez-Ortiz – Caregiver

Dave Nezzie  – Rep. Sen. Martin Heinrich.

Aurora Sanchez – Saint Vincent de Paul Archdiocesan Council of Santa Fe.

Clifford M. Rees, JD, Constituent Liaison, Office of Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (NM-03).

Josefina Mata – Executive Director, Concilio CDS Inc.

Rhonda Romero  – Social Security Administration

Carlos Moya – Division Director, Consumer & Elder Rights, NM Aging & Long-Term Services Dept.

Jere Kelly – SAGE Albuquerque Advisory Committee Member and Retired Geriatrician.

Meriah Heredia-Griego – Director of the University of New Mexico’s Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR).

Verónica Plaza, MD, MPH – University of New Mexico, Office of Community Health and Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Revathi A-Davidson, MA, MPH – Healthcare and Hospital Administration (Retired)

Lorrie Griego – Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Program Manager for Advance Care Planning and New Mexico State Director.

Leah Steimel, MPH – Encuentro, Fourfold Partners, Albuquerque, NM.

Edward Ackron – Program Manager, Office of Indian Elder Affairs (OIEA).

Jason Aleman – Associate Executive Director, Encuentro, Fourfold Partners, Albuquerque, NM.

Randella Bluehouse – Executive Director, National Indian Council on Aging.

Michelle Briscoe – City of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Area Agency on Aging, Department of Family and Community Services.

Gino Rinaldi – Director, Santa Fe Senior Services.

David Ramirez – Trill Multicultural

Amos Atencio – NHCOA Board Member.

Margy Weinbar – Executive Director, HealthInsight New Mexico

Patricia Montoya – Executive Director, NM Coalition for Healthcare Value.

 

To achieve the wellbeing and aging with dignity for seniors it is necessary to guarantee the emotional and physical health of their Caregivers

By Nicolás Peña

Washington, D.C. October, 2017.- More than 9 million Latinos in the United States are caring for a family member without receiving any kind of compensation. This represents a challenge when they need to balance the many responsibilities of their lives in conjunction with caring for their loved ones. Their average income is $39,000 per year, well below the national average of $54,700.

In response, on October 20, 2017, The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), led the Hispanic Caregiving Thought Leaders Roundtable, which was held at the American Cancer Society headquarters in New York City. The attendees concluded that in order to achieve the goal of wellbeing and aging with dignity for older adults, it is necessary to guarantee the emotional and physical health of those who take care of them, as well as their financial stability.

Creating a coalition to guarantee funds for the training of those who care for Hispanic older adults was one of the most important recommendations made by the more than 30 experts who attended at NHCOA’s invitation, and who are recognized leaders standing out in the protection and guidance of seniors in New York City.

“We are developing a national strategy to train Hispanic caregivers, and that is why during  2017 we have been consulting nationwide to determine where they are located  and what their actual needs and priorities are. The results will also help to build a database that will allow them get more resources and information”,  said Dr. Yanira Cruz, President of NHCOA.

The proposals and recommendations that achieved consensus and were adopted as goals by those attending this roundtable, among many issues discussed, were: Identifying resources that are linguistically and culturally appropriate for Hispanic caregivers, sensitizing and educating employers on how to provide support for those who have to share their regular jobs with the responsibilities of caring for a loved one, creating campaigns demanding decent wages and salaries, as well as providing  health plans specific to their needs, and fighting all forms of discrimination.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to convene stakeholders in order to identify the real needs of those who are taking care of a family member.  In order to become the best caregiver possible it is important to realize that this will only be achieved if caregivers first take good care of themselves,” said Dr. Anderson Torres, president of RAIN Total Care Inc., who was the facilitator of this roundtable.

According to experts, Hispanics are more likely to develop Alzheimers. Caregivers who care for a family member with this illness often find it to be much more emotionally stressful than other types of caregiving. Therefore, the Alzheimer’s Association and NHCOA have announced a national alliance. “We are happy to work with NHCOA,” said Marshawn Brown, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Alzheimer’s Association. “This alliance will help us to reach a vulnerable population with needed resources and information to help individuals living with the disease and their families better navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s.

Yvette Peña, Vice President for Multicultural Leadership Hispanic/Latino Audience Strategy- AARP, shared with the attendees a screening of Cada Paso del Camino, a documentary produced by AARP addressing the realities of Hispanic caregivers in the United States. “Latinos don’t realize that they are investing more than 50% of their time in the care of a loved one, and often they do not assume themselves as caregivers.” Peña highlighted.

The following list below represents the contributors and participants who were present at The Hispanic Caregiving Thought Leaders Roundtable in New York City –

Facilitator:

Dr. Anderson Torres – President & CEO – R.A.I.N. Total Care, Inc.

Introduction:

Dra. Yanira Cruz – President & CEO – NHCOA.

Presentations:

Maggie Castro, Associate Director of Community Outreach – AARP New York.

Yvette Peña, Vice President, Multicultural Leadership Hispanic/Latino Audience Strategy- AARP.

Denise Gosselin, Policy Associate within the New York Academy of Medicine’s Healthy Aging Unit.

Marshawn Brown, Director, Diversity & Inclusion for Alzheimer’s Association.

La Toya Williams , Senior Manager, Primary Care Systems from  American Cancer Society, Inc.

Brainstorming:

Christian Gonzalez-Rivera, Senior Researcher, Center for Urban Future.

Mari Umpierre, PhD, Mt. Sinai Director of Behavioral Health & Research.

Carmen Nuñez, Program Director – Riverstone Sr. Life Services.

Carolina Hoyos, LMSW, Director – DFTA Caregiver Resource Center.

Caroline Rosenthal Gelman, PhD.

Helene Velazquez – American Diabetes Association.

Katherine Martinez, LMSW, Deputy Director, Presbyterian Senior Services.

Lisette Sosa-Dickson, LCSW, Executive Director, Spanish Speaking Elderly Council – RAICES.

Jenna McDavid, National Managing Coordinator – Diverse Elders Coalition.

Andrea Zaldivar, Ed.D, MS, ANP-BC CDE MJHS – Certified Diabetes Educator.

Karol Tapias, Associate Executive Director – Live On NY.

Guillermo Chacon, President Latino Commission on AIDS, founder Hispanic Health Network, Board member of New York Immigration Coalition & Latino Jewish Coalition.

Maria Salales, BSW, Caregiver Support Specialist, Care NYC Manhattan at Union Settlement Corsi House Neighborhood Senior Center.

Licet Valois, LMSW, MPS- Care & Support Program Manager, Alzheimer’s Association NYC Chapter.

Carlos Martinez, President & CEO, United Home Care & the Residences of UHC.

Jim Sherry, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.

Alek Chandra, GRIOT Circle in Brooklyn.

Jaime Torres , Vice President of Community Relations & Partnerships Urban Health Plan.

Claribel Estrella Blake, MPH   Program Director, Member Engagement and Community Outreach, Empire BCBS HealthPlus.

Lillian Kreig, District Manager – Social Security Administration.

Jorge Vidal, Casa de Esperanza National Latin@ Network.

Luis Ureña, Caregiver.

Juliana Cardenas, Caregiver.

Nelsy Vasquez Morales, Catholic Charity Community Services.

Dr. Emma Tsui, Assistant Professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.

Daniel Leyva,  Director – Latino Religious Leadership Program.

The Hispanic Caregiving Thought Leaders Roundtable in New York City was sponsored by: AARP, the Hartford Foundation, Alzheimer Association, Verizon, Phrma, Abbvie, Abbott, Eli Lilly,  Anthem, Pfizer, United Healthcare Community & State and the Social Security Administration, American Cancer Society, Inc.

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Para lograr el acompañamiento digno de los adultos mayores es necesario garantizar el bienestar de quienes cuidan de ellos

Por Nicolás Peña

Washington, D.C. Octubre 2017.- Más de 9 millones de Latinos en Estados Unidos cuidan de un familiar sin recibir ningún tipo de contraprestación. Esto representa un desafío al momento de equilibrar sus necesidades en comparación a las de sus seres queridos. Según cifras oficiales sus ingresos no sobrepasan los 39 mil dólares anuales, muy por debajo de la media nacional que se ubica en 54 mil 700 dólares por año.

Por esta razón, el Consejo Nacional Hispano para el Adulto Mayor (NHCOA, por sus siglas en inglés), lideró la Hispanic Caregiving Thought Leaders Roundtable desarrollada en la Sociedad Americana contra el Cáncer, y en donde los asistente llegaron a la conclusión de que para lograr el bienestar y acompañamiento digno de los adultos mayores, es necesario garantizar la salud emocional y física de quienes cuidan de ellos, así como su estabilidad económica.

Crear una coalición que permita garantizar fondos para el entrenamiento de quienes cuidan de un adulto mayor hispano fue una de las recomendaciones hecha por más de los 30 expertos que respondieron al llamado de NHCOA, y quienes se destacan en la protección y guía de personas de la tercera edad en la ciudad de Nueva York.

“Estamos desarrollando una estrategía nacional para iniciar la capacitación de los caregivers Hispanos, y es por eso que durante este 2017 hemos consultado a nivel nacional, dónde están, cuáles son sus necesidades reales y prioritarias. El resultado será además una base de datos que nos permitirá hacerles llegar más recursos e información, destacó, la Dra. Yanira Cruz, presidenta de NHCOA.

Identificar recursos informativos, linguística y culturalmente apropiados, sensibilizar a los empleadores y educarlos sobre cómo brindar apoyo a quienes se desempeñan como caregivers, generar campañas para garantizarles salarios y sueldos dignos, así como planes de salud ajustado a sus necesidades, y la lucha contra toda forma de discriminación, fueron las propuestas que lograron el concenso de los asistentes a esta mesa de trabajo.

“Estoy  muy entusiasmado con esta convocatoria para identificar las necesidades de quienes cuidan de sus familiares y así puedan convertirse en los mejores caregivers para sus seres queridos, pero es importante concientizar que este resultado se logrará, siempre y cuando cuiden bien de sí mismos,” aseguró el Dr. Anderson Torres, presidente de RAIN Total Care Inc, quien fue el facilitador de este encuentro.

Según expertos, los Hispanos son más propensos a desarrollar Alzheimers y el estrés emocional de quienes cuidan a un ser querido con esta enfermedad es mucho mayor. En este sentido, la Alzheimer’s Association  y NHCOA anunciaron recientemente su alianza nacional.

“La Alzheimer’s Association está feliz  de trabajar con NHCOA”, dijo Marshawn Brown, Directora para la Diversidad e Inclusión de la Alzheimer’s Association. “Esta alianza nos permitirá llegar, con la información y recursos necesarios, a una población vulnerable, y al mismo tiempo, ayudar a las personas que viven con la enfermedad  y sus familiares a enfrentar los desafíos del Alzheimer.”

Ivette  Peña, Vicepresidenta de Estrategias para la audiencia Latina/Hispana de AARP, aprovechó la oportunidad para sensibilizar a los asistentes a esta mesa de trabajo con la proyección de Cada Paso del Camino, documental producido por AARP que aborda las realidades del caregiver hispano en Estados Unidos. “Latinos, sin darse cuenta,  invierten más del 50% de su tiempo al cuidado de un ser querido, y muchas veces no se asumen como caregivers.” Reflexionó Peña.

Facilitador:

Dr. Anderson Torres – President & CEO – R.A.I.N. Total Care, Inc.

Apertura:

Dra. Yanira Cruz – President & CEO – NHCOA.

Presentaciones:

Maggie Castro, Associate Director of Community Outreach – AARP New York.

Yvette Peña,Vice President, Multicultural Leadership Hispanic/Latino Audience Strategy- AARP.

Denise Gosselin, Policy Associate within the New York Academy of Medicine’s Healthy Aging Unit.

Marshawn Brown, Director, Diversity & Inclusion for the Alzheimer’s Association.

La Toya Williams , Senior Manager, Primary Care Systems – American Cancer Society, Inc.

Intervenciones:

Christian Gonzalez-Rivera, Senior Researcher, Center for Urban Future.

Mari Umpierre, PhD – Mt. Sinai Director of Behavioral Health & Research.

Carmen Nuñez, Program Director – Riverstone Sr. Life Services.

Carolina Hoyos, LMSW Director – DFTA Caregiver Resource Center.

Caroline Rosenthal Gelman, PhD.

Helene Velazquez – American Diabetes Association.

Katherine Martinez, LMSW – Deputy Director, Presbyterian Senior Services.

Lisette Sosa-Dickson, LCSW – Executive Director, Spanish Speaking Elderly Council – RAICES.

Jenna McDavid, National Managing Coordinator – Diverse Elders Coalition.

Andrea Zaldivar, Ed.D-MS, ANP-BC, CDE, MJHS – Certified Diabetes Educator.

Karol Tapias, Associate Executive Director – Live On NY.

Guillermo Chacon, President Latino Commission on AIDS, founder Hispanic Health Network, Board member of New York Immigration Coalition & Latino Jewish Coalition.

Maria Salales, BSW, Caregiver Support Specialist, Care NYC Manhattan at Union Settlement Corsi House Neighborhood Senior Center.

Licet Valois, LMSW, MPS- Care & Support Program Manager, Alzheimer’s Association NYC Chapter.

Carlos Martinez, President & CEO, United Home Care & the Residences of UHC.

Jim Sherry, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.

Alek Chandra, GRIOT Circle in Brooklyn.

Jaime Torres , Vice President of Community Relations & Partnerships Urban Health Plan.

Claribel Estrella Blake, MPH   Program Director, Member Engagement and Community Outreach, Empire BCBS HealthPlus.

Lillian Kreig, District Manager – Social Security Administration.

Jorge Vidal, Casa de Esperanza National Latin@ Network.

Luis Ureña, Caregiver.

Juliana Cardenas, Caregiver.

Nelsy Vasquez Morales, Catholic Charity Community Services.

Dr. Emma Tsui, Assistant Professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.

Daniel Leyva,  Director, Latino Religious Leadership Program.

The Hispanic Caregiving Thought Leaders Roundtable contó con el patrocinio de: AARP, the Hartford Foundation, Alzheimer Association, Verizon, Phrma, Abbvie, Abbott, Eli Lilly,  Anthem, Pfizer, United Healthcare Community & State and the Social Security Administration, American Cancer Society, Inc.

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National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

Washington, D.C. October, 2017.- ASPIRA, National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), AIDS United Hispanic Radio Network and Pinyon Foundation, in alliance with the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) have come together to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and stigma. On October 15, 2017, we will observe the National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day acknowledging how important it is to understand our risk factors as Latinx and how we can prevent and treat HIV/AIDS.

The Latinx community is over-represented in HIV/AIDS rates.  According to CDC (2015), Latinxs accounted for 24% of all new cases of HIV in the United States, despite representing about 18% of the total US population. Of those new cases, 87% were men, and 12% were women. Also in 2015, 916 Latinx deaths were attributed directly to HIV.  In 2014, it was estimated that 235,600 Latinx were living with HIV in the United States and roughly 17% were undiagnosed. Among people age 50 and over with HIV, Latinx accounted for 17%.  In 2015, Latinx accounted for 21% of the total number of AIDS cases (18,274). People ages 25-34 accounted for 30% of AIDS cases.

Stigma is a significant issue in our society that can impede people from getting tested and getting access to care. Stigma also contributes to a lack of openness related to HIV, including fear, discrimination and homophobia, all of which are barriers. Moreover, poverty, migration patterns, education, and language barriers may also make it harder for Latinxs to get HIV testing and care.  Latinxs without papers may be less likely to use HIV prevention services, get an HIV test, and seek treatment because of concerns about being arrested and deported. Therefore, it is so important for Latinx to understand HIV and how we can prevent/treat it.  In conclusion, on  National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day we are having different informative and preventive activities to talk about HIV/AIDS, specifically testing, risk factors, and stigma.  Join us to learn more about HIV/AIDS and what you can do to stop HIV.

“About 40 million family caregivers provide about $470 billion annually in unpaid care to their loved ones”

By Nicolás Peña

Washington, D.C. Sept 27, 2017  – Building on the findings presented in the 2017 Status of Hispanic Older Adults: Insights from the field–Caregivers Edition, the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), has developed a number of recommendations for local, state, and national leaders.

NHCOA forwards the following recommendations to better support Hispanic/Latino older adults by ensuring adequate training and care for their caregivers, and would like to urge and encourage members of Congress to support these important pieces of legislation that impacts their older Hispanic constituency:

  • Bipartisan passage of R.947 and S.337, the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (the FAMILY Act).
  • Bipartisan passage of S 1028, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act.

“Latino low-income family caregivers spend about 44% of their income on caregiving; therefore NHCOA is working to create awareness about the need to approve the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. Our goal is to propose a national strategy that supports and meets the real needs of Hispanic families who care for their loved ones”, said Dr. Yanira Cruz, President of NHCOA.

In addition to the data and testimonials from seniors in different parts of the country, the report details several policy recommendations, including preserving and expanding programs that address retirement security among the aging U.S. population, and ensuring that programs & benefits address the cultural and linguistic needs of the growing Hispanic aging population:

The report highlights the NHCOA Regional Conferences. In 2017, NHCOA implemented three regional conferences in Miami, Florida, Silver Spring, Maryland and Los Angeles, California. The focus of these regional conferences was to provide a linguistically and culturally safe space for attendees to discuss community driven solutions to important issues facing Hispanic communities with special emphasis on Hispanic caregiving. The goals of these conferences were to gather information about the role of Hispanic caregivers and how to effectively support them in their roles while also advocating for local and national level policies that reduce the financial, physical and mental burden of caregiving. These conferences featured panel discussions of key issues faced by Hispanic older adults and their caregivers which opened the floor to group discussions and possible solutions.

“We provide an overview of the data we collected from the National Caregivers Survey. The goal of our survey was to understand the demographics of Latino caregivers, describe the challenges caregivers face, and recognize what resources are needed to aid caregivers in their roles. About 40 million family caregivers provide about $470 billion annually in unpaid care to their loved ones. In 2015, out of the 43.5 million people that have provided unpaid care to an adult or child, 9.1 million were Latinos. In other words, non-white Hispanic caregivers have the highest reported prevalence of caregiving among any other race or ethnic group”, added Dr. Cruz.

NHCOA Board Chair and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, Cindy Padilla, moderated a panel of experts and community leaders including  — Dr. Matthew Y.C. Lin – Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Rhonda S. RichardsSenior Legislative Representative Health and Long Term Care from AARP, Allyson Schwartz – President and CEO of  Better Medicare Alliance, Zachary Bastian – Manager Strategic Alliances of Verizon and Margarita Navas from NHCOA.

This data and testimonial driven report is the only one of its kind that compiles information on how U.S. Hispanic older adults and their caregivers are faring in terms of indicators of wellbeing.

The 2017 Status of Hispanic Older Adults: Insights from the field–Caregivers Edition was sponsored by:  AARP, DHHS Office of Minority Health, Alzheimer’s Association, Verizon, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Matrix, PhRMA, Abbvie, Abbott, Eli Lilly, Better Medicare Alliance, The Social Security Administration, Health Foundation of South Florida, Independent Living Systems Inc., Montgomery County, Herbalife, Archstone Foundation, Univision, Pfizer, The California Endowment, Anthem, and The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation.

2017 Status of Hispanic Older Adults FV 

Executive Summary NHCOA Report 2017

NHCOA announces opening of Washington, D.C. Collection Center for victims of Puerto Rico hurricane

By Nicolás Peña

Washington, D.C. Sep 25, 2017 .- The National Hispanic Council on Aging  (NHCOA), stands in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria which left 15 people dead, more than 3 million without communications, electricity, and water.

After the declaration of a State of Emergency in 54 of the 78 Puerto Rican counties, the situation of Hispanic older adults is even worse. According to the most recent official data, one in every 16 citizens in Puerto Rico is an older adult, which translates to more than 574,000 people. 40 percent of this population was living in extreme poverty, even before Maria.

NHCOA, honoring its mission to protect and improve the lives of Hispanic older adults urges the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide all the support needed for this vulnerable population.

NHCOA will open a collection center to receive non-perishable foods, medicines, water, blankets, disposable diapers, and clothing, for seniors (it doesn’t matter if is used, but in good condition). The address is: Casa Iris 2201 12th St. NW. Suite 101, Washington, and D.C.20009. If you would like to donate money, call 202-347-9733.

On September 26, NHCOA will present to Congress its annual report on the Status of Hispanic Adults. Taking advantage of the presence of Representatives and federal public health officials, Dr. Yanira Cruz, President of NHCOA, will file a petition in favor of Puerto Rico, specifically for its older adult population, their families and caregivers.

“In situations like these, we really see what our priorities are. We will raise our voice in the Capitol as loudly as possible, to remind and bring front of mind that natural disasters such as Maria, bring hardship and suffering to many, but especially the elderly, who in many cases are isolated, without a support system or family, and don’t possess the benefit of youth or good health to find their way through crisis. Do not give up! Latinos can do this and more!” said Dr. Cruz.

NHCOA instala en Washington, D.C. Centro de Acopio para las víctimas del huracán María en Puerto Rico

Por Nicolás Peña

Washington, D.C. Sept 25,2017.- El Consejo Nacional Hispano para el Adulto Mayor (NHCOA, por sus siglas en inglés), se solidariza con el pueblo de Puerto Rico tras el paso del huracán Maria que dejó al menos 15 personas fallecidas, más de 3 millones incomunicados, sin agua y electricidad.

Tras la declaración de “Zona de Desastre” en 54 de los 78 municipios puertoriqueños, la situación de los adultos mayores es aun más grave. Según las cifras oficiales más recientes, uno de cada 16 habitantes en Puerto Rico es adulto mayor, lo que se traduce en 574 mil personas. 40 por ciento de esta población vivía, antes del huracán, en situación de pobreza extrema.

NHCOA, honrando su misión de proteger y mejorar la vida del adulto mayor Hispano exhorta a la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) a facilitar el apoyo que sea necesario para esta población tan vulnerable.

NHCOA instalará un Centro de Acopio en sus espacios físicos para recibir alimentos no perecederos, medicinas, agua, mantas cobertoras, pañales desechables para adultos y ropa, no importa que esté usada, pero sí en buen estado. La dirección es: Casa Iris 2201 12th St. NW. Suite 101, Washington, D.C.20009. Si desea donar dinero, comuníquese al 202 347-9733.

El 26 de septiembre NHCOA estará presentando ante el Congreso de los Estados Unidos su reporte anual sobre el Estatus del Adulto Mayor Hispano y ante la presencia de legisladores y funcionarios federales en materia de salud pública, la Dra. Yanira Cruz, Presidenta de la organización, aprovechará para presentar una petición formal en favor de Puerto Rico, específicamente para los adultos mayores, sus familiares y quienes cuidan de ellos.

“En situaciones como éstas se demuestra realmente cuáles son nuestras prioridades. Alzaremos nuestra voz en el Capitolio las veces que sea necesaria en favor de nuestras hermanas y hermanos de Puerto Rico. No se rindan! Los latinos podemos con ésto y más! Los desastres naturales como María traen dificultades y sufrimientos a muchos, pero especialmente a los adultos mayores que en muchos casos están aislados, sin apoyo, y no poseen la energía que proporciona  la juventud o la buena salud para afrontar la crisis.” Destacó la Dra. Cruz.

Alzheimer’s Association and the National Hispanic Council on Aging collaborate to educate Latino communities, increase access to Alzheimer’s information and resources

CHICAGO, Sept. 15, 2017The Alzheimer’s Association and the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) announced today a nationwide partnership aimed at increasing Alzheimer’s disease awareness and education in Latino communities across the country.

The partnership will develop a network of health promotersto deliver Alzheimer’s education in Latino communities, while connecting people living with the disease and their caregivers to free resources and support services offered through the Alzheimer’s Association. The health promoters will help bridge cultural and linguistic barriers that have slowed access to Alzheimer’s information and resources in these communities previously.

“The Alzheimer’s Association is excited to be working with NHCOA,” said Marshawn Brown, Director, Diversity& Inclusion for the Alzheimer’s Association. “The partnership will help us reach a vulnerable population with needed resources and information to help individuals living with the disease and their families better navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s.”

Currently there are 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. While more non-Hispanic whites are living with the disease, Hispanics are at greater risk – about one and one-half times more likely than older whites – to have Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

The number of Hispanics living with Alzheimer’s is expected rise in coming years. The U.S. Hispanic older adult population is the fastest-growing segment of the baby boom generation. Today, U.S. Hispanics make up about 8 percent of the older adult population, but by 2050, they will make up nearly 20 percent of this population.

“It’s really critical that we reach Latino communities earlier and more consistently with Alzheimer’s information and resources,” said Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging. “Many Latinos are getting diagnosed much later in the disease, reducing their access to treatments that may provide some relief of symptoms and help maintain independence longer. In addition, these delays in diagnosis are reducing the opportunity for these individuals to make important legal, financial and care plans while they are still capable.”

Core to the partnership announced today, the Alzheimer’s Association and NHCOA will work together to deliver the following:

  • Co-develop materials and training tools to educate the health promoters recruited to deliver Alzheimer’s education.
  • Co-develop materials and training tools to assist Alzheimer’s Association chapters in recruiting, training and activating health promoters in Latino communities nationwide.
  • Conduct targeted recruitment efforts of health promoters in key markets where NHCOA has strong, well established relationships.

Development of materials will begin shortly The Alzheimer’s Association and NHCOA aim to begin engaging promoters for work in targeted communities in early 2018.

About the Alzheimer’s Association:

The Alzheimer’s Association isthe world’sleading voluntaryhealth organization in Alzheimer’scare, supportand research. Our missionistoeliminate Alzheimer’s diseasethrough the advancementofresearch; toprovide and enhance careand supportforallaffected;andtoreduce theriskofdementia through the promotion ofbrain health. Ourvision isa world withoutAlzheimer’s. Formore information, visit www.alz.org.

About the National Hispanic Council on Aging:

The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) is the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families and their caregivers. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NHCOA has been a strong voice dedicated to promoting, educating, and advocating for research, policy, and practice in the areas of economic security, health, and housing for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.nhcoa.org.