New Partnership Working to Strengthen Aging in AAPI Communities

    The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) is pleased to introduce and welcome you to our newly established Affiliate Network (AFN)! The AFN is a partnership between NAPCA and organizations that serve Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) older adults and their families. This newly-formed network is aimed at strengthening the mutual delivery of services to preserve and promote the dignity, well-being, and quality of life of AAPI older adults as they age.

    Through the operation of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) training for older adults, NAPCA has developed partnerships with over 400 community based-organizations in seven states. The AFN will solidify that partnership and expand to include organizations that provide.... Read More

                 

    NAPCA tells Congress about the needs of older Americans in the workforce!

    In response to the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging’s Request for Information, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) delivered comments on the opportunities and challenges facing older adults in the workforce and provided recommendations for policymakers to help older workers.

    Almost 20 percent of people over the age of 65 are currently in the workforce, and that number is expected to grow by 74% over the next two decades, making mature workers the largest source of talent in the United States. This changing demographic creates opportunities for employers because older adults who are retired or unemployed have relevant skills to offer and are interested in re-entering the workforce. They tend to be dependable,.... Read More

                 

    NAPCA tells Congress why SCSEP is important and valuable to our communities!

    As the only job training program focused exclusively on helping older Americans return to the workforce through temporary paid work experiences that can lead to unsubsidized employment, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) knows firsthand the impact of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) within our communities.  As Congress moves forward with its FY18 appropriation process, we took the opportunity to tell policy makers why SCSEP is important and valuable to our communities!

    As part of NAPCA’s #SCSEPSuccess campaign, we collected over 755 comments in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese from Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) older adults in seven states.

    The comments collected.... Read More

                 

    How does the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) impact Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) elders?

    The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is the only job training program focused exclusively on helping older Americans return to the workforce. The program assists low-income unemployed adults aged 55 years and older by providing job training through temporary paid work experiences that can lead to unsubsidized employment. Older workers are critical to the American economy, making up 35 percent of the U.S. labor force by 2020. While employers view older workers favorably for their experience, knowledge, professionalism, work ethic, and loyalty, older Americans struggle to return to the workplace once they’ve.... Read More

                 

    Expanding the eligibility age for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

    In April, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) participated in a postcard campaign led by the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD) asking elected officials to expand the age range for eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which helps more than 27 million eligible workers and families receive tax credit refunds.

    Eligibility for the EITC is presently based on a worker’s income, their number of dependents, and age requirements (25-65). Refunds range from a maximum credit of $506 (for households with no dependents) to $6,269 (for households with three or more children). The average refund credit is $2,455.

    NAPCA shares the belief that.... Read More

                 

    NAPCA and White House Initiative on AAPIs Talk AAPI Aging — Come Join Us!

    Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) older adults are a growing and increasingly vital part of our country. The contributions that AAPI older adults make to our communities are varied, deeply rooted, and include influential roles in the nation’s economy, politics, and the arts.

    In 1963, we began to acknowledge the contributions of older people by using the month of May to celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM). This annual observance offers the opportunity to learn about, support, and celebrate our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Blaze a Trail,” emphasizes the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work and new passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all.... Read More

                 

    SCSEP Success

    Last year, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA), signed into law in July 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Over the past 50 years, the OAA has provided a national network of aging services and funding that helps older adults to live and thrive!

    While the OAA is just one act, there are many services authorized to maintain the health and well-being of millions of seniors age 60 and older. Some of those vital services are home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, preventive health services, transportation, job training and elder abuse prevention.

    Title V of the OAA authorizes community service employment and training opportunities. The Community Service Employment Program, also known as the Senior.... Read More

                 

    NAPCA’s 12 Days of Giving

    The holiday season is such a wonderful time of year! It’s a time for joyous celebration with family and friends and a time to pause and reflect on the many blessings in life.

    At NAPCA, we are grateful for so many things: our experienced Board of Directors for their sound leadership, our hardworking and talented staff for their dedication to supporting AAPI elders in aging with dignity and integrity, and our community partners for their commitment to providing excellent direct services. In celebration of the things that help NAPCA thrive, we pause to remember why we do what we do and why we give back: it’s the people who make up our wonderful communities.

    So this holiday season,.... Read More