By Nicolás Peña
Participants’ ideas will be included in NHCOA’s annual “State of Hispanic Older Adults”
MIAMI, FL—The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), brought together members of the older adult population along with elected officials, social advocates, and service providers in a Symposium at the Miami-Dade College InterAmerican Campus on June 29th. This linguistically and culturally safe space gave those present the opportunity to discuss solutions to issues such as economic insecurity, hunger and affordable housing, with special emphasis on Hispanic Caregiving. This activity was part of a three day Regional Conferences that also included a two day Empowerment and Civic Engagement Training— NHCOA’s signature leadership program.
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 Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act.
“It is crucial that Hispanics become involved in this initiative to raise their voices in order to disseminate the impact of this bill. Representatives from both the private and public sector would be part of an advisory body to make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Our goal is to propose a national strategy that support and meet the real needs of Hispanic families who care for senior loved ones”, said Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of NHCOA.
All solutions and recommendations discussed during “NHCOA Regional Conferences: Empowering Communities to Age with Dignity” will be presented on a national level through NHCOA’s, “State of Hispanic Older Adults Report” a publication that is released annually on Capitol Hill during the fall.
The 2017 Miami Regional Conferences was sponsored by AARP, the Hartford Foundation, the Alzheimer Association, Verizon, Abbvie, Abbott, Lilly, PhRMA, Better Medicare Alliance, Amerigroup, Univision, Matrix, Social Security Administration, Independent Living Systems, Health Foundation of South Florida, Archstone Foundation and Herbalife.
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