Navajo Nation Leaders meet with the National Indian Council on Aging

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Navajo Nation Leaders meet with the National Indian Council on Aging

Albuquerque, New Mexico – March 9, 2016 – It is inspiring when Tribal leaders demonstrate their concerns and commitment to our cherished elders. The National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA) in Albuquerque, NM received a special visit from the Navajo Nation President Begaye and Vice President Nez on March 7, 2016. They talked about their plans to create opportunities for intergenerational programs that will bring elders and youth together to strengthen the values of the Navajo Life Ways. Vice President Begay commented that “it is the obligation of the Navajo Nation to ensure that our language, culture and values from our elders to our.... Read More

             

Seniors Decide 2016

Seniors Decide 2016 was a forum led by the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), of which NAPCA is a member, to provide a fair and unbiased platform for sharing the views of candidates for President of the United States on policies and programs affecting older Americans.

The forum was held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 in Washington D.C.  While we would have preferred a greater participation and turn out by the presidential candidates, we learned a lot about the issues that older adults care about when they cast their ballots and who they vote for.

NAPCA is proud to have fully engaged in this event and to have supported LCAO in this worthy.... Read More

             

Queer People of Color (QPOC) Elders Caucus at Creating Change 2016

The National LGBTQ Task Force held its annual Creating Change Conference in Chicago, IL this past week, and it was insightful and awesome. The conference offered several workshops to address the needs of diverse elders. I had the honor to co-facilitate the Queer People of Color (QPOC) Elders Caucus with Vega Subramaniam and Ben Guzman as we engaged in rich conversation with diverse elders across this country to explore the needs and perceived barriers to adequately service our LGBTQ seniors.

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This quick glimpse into the genuine lives of our participants expanded our knowledge and helped us develop a brief list of.... Read More

             

Growing Older Together: Queer People of Color and Aging

As I get older, I find myself having more and more questions about how best to care for my aging parents, how my wife Mala and I can best plan for our retirement and beyond, and how we can best support and remain active in our LGBTQ people of color movements. I also see for the first time a critical mass of queer people of color (QPOC) who have been out for years or even decades, and are now at or near retirement age.

So I’m more excited than ever about the upcoming Creating Change conference in Chicago from January 20-24. We’ll have several opportunities for conversations with other QPOC elders who are grappling with these same questions and.... Read More

             

The Beginning of Healthy Aging: Take Action

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Older adults in the U.S. face many challenges to healthy aging, including getting adequate nutrition and exercise. Today, over 13% of the total population in the United States is 65 years and older. Older adults in the U.S. have the greatest limitations of any group in terms of exercise and are at higher risk of malnutrition and undernourishment. Hispanic older adults face even greater challenges than the larger older adult population in terms of fitness and nutrition. They often live in communities that do not have spaces fit to exercise in and have lower fixed monthly incomes than the larger.... Read More

             

Hispanic Older Adults Face Food Insecurity and Hunger at Unacceptable Levels

An older adult at the National Hispanic Council on Aging’s (NHCOA’s) community forum in Miami was frustrated at the difficulty of her life and those of peers. “Why,” she exclaimed, “in the richest country in the world can we not eat three meals a day?” It was a direct statement of the plight of Hispanic older adults that NHCOA heard over and over again as the organization spoke with seniors and their caregivers across the country. Hispanic seniors, they heard, were simply not able to make ends meet. Their low fixed incomes simply did not cover the monthly expenses of rent, food and medical needs. Seniors were deferring medications to cover meals and not eating meals to cover.... Read More

             

New Mexico Tribes meet with U.S. Administrator Greenlee to advance Aging in Indian Country

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New Mexico Tribes meet with U.S. Administrator Greenlee to advance Aging in Indian Country

October 21, 2015 was a remarkable day for the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA). Despite the cold and rainy weather, NICOA hosted a very important meeting to discuss New Mexico Aging in Indian country. Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and Cynthia LaCounte, Director of the Office of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Programs, representing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Administration on Community Living, listened to several testimonials presented by Tribal leaders as well as Tribal and State aging services program administrators.

J. Michael Chavarria, Governor of Santo Domingo Pueblo spoke of his concerns that ongoing.... Read More

             

NAPCA Receives $150,000 federal grant that will help AAPI Medicare Beneficiaries

The Administration for Community Living recently awarded the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) $150,000 to provide technical assistance to Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) and State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) grantees to help them better reach and serve limited English proficient (LEP) Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Medicare beneficiaries.

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LEP among AAPI older adults makes them a particularly hard-to-reach population for SMP and SHIP grantees. AAPI older adults are a particularly vulnerable group with higher poverty rates and lower educational attainment among several ethnic groups, as compared to the general older adult population.

A large number of Asian Americans moved to the U.S. as older adults to live with their.... Read More

             

Getting The Word Out: Obamacare Is For Native Americans Too

As we approach another round of ACA open enrollment, and in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we’re re-posting this article from Kaiser Health News about accessing Obamacare in Native communities. 

By Anna Gorman, September 8, 2015

Landscape en route to Gallup, New Mexico, on Highway 491 (Photo by Heidi de Marco/KHN).
Landscape en route to Gallup, N.M., on Highway 491. (Photo by Heidi de Marco/KHN)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As a member of the Navajo tribe, Rochelle Jake has received free care through the Indian Health Service (IHS) her entire life. The clinics took care of her asthma, allergies and eczema – chronic problems, nothing urgent.

Recently, though, she.... Read More

             

Barriers to Accessing Adult Vaccines

image003Earlier this week, I had the honor of being a panelist at an “Adult Vaccines Save Lives” briefing on Capitol Hill to help launch the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition. The Coalition brings together leaders in health and public health to raise awareness and engage in advocacy on the importance of adult immunization. With the aging of the U.S. population, the public health impact of vaccine-preventable diseases and their complications in older adults is likely to grow.

Why Should We Vaccinate Older Adults?

The diminishing function of the aging immune system reduces the immune response to vaccination and underscores the need to develop more effective products for older adults. People age 65.... Read More

             
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