The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) continues its work by looking for strategies that amplify the voices of thousands of families facing Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, so their specific needs can be included in the decision-making process across public health.
Latinos face a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias because they are not only living longer (2.5 years longer than whites and 8 years longer than blacks), but they also face severe health disparities, including high levels of hunger, higher rates of type 2 diabetes incidence and complication rates, and lack of access to health insurance.
On February 14, 2017, the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) hosted a Caregiving Thought Leaders Roundtable in Washington, DC. The roundtable focused on identifying the education and training needed to support Hispanic caregivers. The discussion was based on a new study released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) focusing on Family Caregiving for Older Adults. The information gathered from the convening will inform NHCOA’s national strategy on family caregiving and create awareness on caregiving among Hispanics.
The first 100 days of the Trump administration have been a cause for concern among many Hispanic older adults and their families. While our attention has been understandably focused on the new administration’s anti-immigrant policies, its efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act, and its proposed cuts for programs seniors rely on, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has quietly taken a step toward erasing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors from a key survey that helps HHS ensure.... Read More
In 2015, an estimated 34.2 million Americans provided unpaid care for an adult aged 50 or older. The Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 Report, conducted by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), found that the prevalence of caregiving was higher in Hispanics when compared to other racial/ethnic groups. Also, the results of the report show that Hispanic caregivers spend almost 32 hours per week caring for a loved one. This commitment stems from the importance that is placed on family in the Latino culture.
The report also found that the health and wellbeing of these family caregivers.... Read More
NHCOA Regional Conferences: Promoting Communities of Success
This post originally appeared on the NHCOA blog. You can still register for NHCOA’s Los Angeles Open Forum on August 29th by calling 202-347-9733 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we analyze the current state of Hispanic older adults in the United States the results paint a horrifying scenario; a scenario in which Hispanic elders are living in poverty, suffering hunger and dealing with inadequate access to healthcare. There is much improvement needed in the policies and programs that serve this aging segment of the population, in order to lessen the hardships that they currently face.
The numbers speak for themselves:
At 20%, Hispanic older adults have the highest level of poverty of any senior group in the nation..... Read More
Latinos comprise one of the U.S.’s largest ethnic groups, making up 17% of the U.S. population; however, they only make up 1% of those participating in clinical trials, according to data from the National Press. This is concerning as Latinos have a higher rate of chronic disease and are one of the fastest growing demographics in the nation.
Clinical trials are generally research studies that examine if a treatment or medical strategy is effective for individuals with a certain illness. Sadly, the participation of minorities in clinical trials across the United States is under-represented.
For example, according to the University of California, Davis, African Americans experience the highest incidence of.... Read More
At least 43 million workers in the United States do not have access to any sick days in the workplace; many more cannot utilize paid sick time to care for their child or a family member. Everyone gets sick sometimes, or experiences the sickness of someone in their family, but not everyone can afford to take the time off that they may need. Only five states, 29 cities, and one county across the nation have paid sick time laws, and although this is an improvement from a few years ago when the idea of paid leave was rarely discussed, it is not nearly enough. No one should have to make the choice between caring for their.... Read More
NHCOA Promotes Leadership, Advocacy and Community-Driven Solutions at Miami Open Forum
The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) brought together more than 100 elected officials, social advocates and service providers along with members of the older adult population in an open forum in the Miami-Dade College InterAmerican Campus on June 9th. This safe space gave those present the opportunity to discuss solutions to issues such as economic insecurity, hunger and unaffordable housing.
I am really excited about our forum as this is an important year. It is not only an election year, but it is also a year during which we.... Read More
Older Americans Month and the Role of Older Adults in Our Lives
U.S. culture is often described as youth focused — a description that is certainly true of U.S. popular culture. Driven by Hollywood standards of beauty and fashion, our media outlets inundate us with images and analyses of trends, as well as star gossip. Invariably, these images and analyses focus on the young and beautiful stars of stage, screen and popular music.
Today, however, the U.S. faces a demographic shift that will likely also force a cultural shift. As the nation’s baby boomers age, we are for the first time in our history becoming an aging society, where older adults outnumber the young. Ever the harbinger of cultural change, the U.S. entertainment industry is already featuring older stars on stage and.... Read More
This post originally appeared on the NHCOA blog. Read their accompanying press release here.
Technology is a major part of our lives with new inventions and innovations every day. One of the newest innovations that may soon be on the market are self-driving or autonomous cars. What are autonomous cars? As the name suggests, they are cars that are controlled by technology and are not driven or controlled by a person.
Autonomous cars, or AVs as they are called, can be particularly impactful for seniors, who represent a large and rapidly growing segment of our population. Today’s.... Read More
United, we can make a difference! We can pass Universal Paid Leave for Washington, D.C.!
On February 11, 2016, it was my privilege to represent Washington D.C.’s Hispanic community in testifying at the public hearing for the Washington, D.C. Universal Paid Leave Act. I spoke about the critical importance of paid leave to all of the City’s families by providing people who work hard the time off they need to care for their families, whether they need time to care for a sick older adult or disabled family member or a child who needs time to bond or medical care. I mentioned that Hispanic families benefit greatly from paid leave because.... Read More