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NHCOA Research

Hispanic older adults are the fastest-growing aging segment of the U.S. population, yet the amount of research related to Latino seniors is limited. That is why NHCOA has been working to increase and find opportunities for new research related to Hispanic older adults. In fact, all NHCOA initiatives have an integrated research component to ensure the strategies and goals specific to each program is culturally and linguistically appropriate as well as age sensitive.

Salud y Bienestar (Health and Well-Being), one of NHCOA’s signature initiatives that educates and informs Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers on how to prevent and/or manage diabetes and its complications, has successfully helped thousands of Latino seniors and families over the last several years make healthier lifestyle changes. Click here to see an overview of the Salud y Bienestar initiative.

Recently, NHCOA conducted research to provide the basis for interventions designed to ensure early detection of Alzheimer’s in the U.S. Hispanic community. NHCOA has been working to learn about Alzheimer’s disease within the Hispanic community. Specifically, the organization sought to understand the attitudes, level of stigma, level of knowledge, and the unique challenges the disease presents to Hispanic caregivers and health care providers. These findings will serve as the basis for culturally, linguistically, and age appropriate interventions designed to ensure effective management of Alzheimer’s within the Latino community.

NHCOA has also conducted one of the first studies of its kinds focused specifically on LGTBQ Latino seniors, in which older adults and service providers in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, DC were interviewed to understand their perspective, particularly the economic security and health challenges faced, as well as best practices to address these issues.