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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
This is a question that I have consistently asked throughout my time with the National Hispanic Council on Aging. This question has helped guide along our goals as an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families and caregivers. So, what do older adults need to thrive? The question itself seems very simple, yes. There are a number of things you could argue are essential for seniors to thrive. But, for Hispanic seniors in the U.S., these needs come down to one thing: being seen and treated with the dignity of a human being. The.... Read More
Promoting grassroots leadership to achieve national support for diverse seniors
The forum moderator at our 2014 Los Angeles Open Forum asked participants how many struggled to eat three daily meals. One participant, Angélica*, matter-of-factly told us: “I have had to eat cat food before because I couldn’t afford anything else.” When prompted, she also shared that it has happened more than once. It is no secret that Hispanic older adults and other diverse seniors face great challenges in attaining economic security, good health, and affordable housing due to several barriers and challenges.