For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Bianca Perez
The National Hispanic Council on Aging delivered comments from their constituents to the Administration for Community Living, asking the Administration to take into account the linguistic and cultural needs of Hispanic older adults when creating programs and services for the aging population. NHCOA also asked the ACL to partner with Latino expert organizations such as NHCOA, to develop ways to close the gap between the services available and the specific needs of this hard-to-reach population.
The comments from NHCOA’s members and allies were collected as a part of a collaborative effort led by the Diverse Elders Coalition, a coalition that advocates for policies and programs that improve aging in our communities as American Indian/Alaska Native elders, Asian American/Pacific Islander elders, Black elders, Hispanic elders, and LGBT elders. NHCOA is one of the five national organizations in the Diverse Elders Coalition.
“We want to thank the Administration for Community Living for giving us this opportunity to voice our opinions, and listening to our concerns and guidance,” said Dr. Yanira Cruz, NHCOA President and CEO. “I am delighted that we are uniting our collective voices to bring attention to the disparities that we see in our diverse communities, with regard to access of services.”
It was empowering to see our community uniting their voices for the benefit of our seniors, “I could see how many older Latinos could benefit if the Administration and DEC work together towards a common goal, which is improving the lives of many silent voices such as our Hispanic older adults” said a NHCOA Constituent.
Members of the Diverse Elders Coalition submitted more than 4,000 comments to the ACL; a meeting request to discuss these comments in greater depth will be submitted to the ACL this week.