The Importance of Latinos in Clinical Trials

This post originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

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.... Read More

             

NAPCA to Convene Focus Groups to Better Communicate with AAPI Older Adults

In August, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) will convene focus groups to better understand how to communicate with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) older adults.

NAPCA is working with the University of Washington Healthy Brain Research Network to conduct research focus groups to evaluate messages about connecting adult children to resources for their aging parents. We are currently recruiting Chinese or Japanese adults with at least one living parent, step-parent, or parent-in-law aged 65 or older. If you are interested in participating in these focus groups in the Seattle, WA area, or would like more information, please call Lillian at 708-890-8475 or Minhui at 206-661-5079. You may also fill out the screening survey.... Read More

             

Engaging diverse elders in the voting booth and beyond

revised headshotby Kevin Simowitz, Political Director at Caring Across Generations. Before working with Caring Across, Kevin was the organizing director at Maine People’s Alliance and worked as a community organizer at Virginia Organizing. 

The Diverse Elders Coalition has partnered with Caring Across Generations for a project that aims to engage communities of color, American Indian/Alaska Native communities, and LGBTQ communities in the months leading up to the 2016 US Presidential election. This project is twofold: first, we will rally our elders to submit comments to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) on how the federal government can better reach.... Read More

             

A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans 50 and Older

by Jeffer Giang, Research Analyst in the Demographic Research Project (DRP) for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA.

Those who work with older adults may generally know that the population is growing in size very quickly. In fact, Los Angeles County’s entire 50-plus population grew 28% between 2000 and 2010. What most people don’t know is that the Asian American 50-plus population grew 56% during the same time. In contrast, the entire population of Los Angeles County saw 3% growth during this time while the general Asian American population saw 20% growth.

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In other words, the Asian American 50-plus population grew.... Read More

             

Celebrating Our Communities’ History and Future

May is an exciting month at the Diverse Elders Coalition. Our communities, which are so often left out of mainstream conversations, are highlighted nationally in two different ways during the month of May: not only is it Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which allows our AAPI elders take the spotlight, it is also Older Americans Month, which celebrates the legacies and supports the future of all of our diverse elders. We love seeing the many ways in which our communities are working together to honor each other during May and all throughout the year.

The theme for this year’s Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month is “Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies.” I love this theme, not only because it celebrates.... Read More

             

Latinos and Retirement: 6 Things Dallas Taught Me

By Maria F. Mata. This post originally appeared on Medium.com.

Last summer, a group of colleagues and I went to Dallas to coordinate a series of activities for Latino older adults that included an open forum with seniors, local leaders, and representatives from private and government agencies that work on aging issues. Dallas welcomed us with warmness and kindness from residents, ample sunshine, and many stories that touched my soul.

Part of my research work was to collect data and testimonies to be included in a final report on the status of Hispanic older adults in Dallas, focusing on retirement security and other related topics. It is.... Read More

             

Impact of Autonomous Cars

This post originally appeared on the NHCOA blog. Read their accompanying press release here.

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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

             

Supporting Diverse Older Women Seeking Jobs

I remember reading this article in the New York Times back in January – on New Year’s Day, no less; what a way to kick off 2016! – and thinking about the older women I’ve met and worked with at the Diverse Elders Coalition. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with elders at the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging and the Asian Counseling and Referral Services here in Seattle, and I was fortunate to observe a computer class at SAGE’s Midtown Manhattan Center in New York City when I visited their offices last year. In almost every instance, I heard about the bleak job-hunting prospects for diverse.... Read More

             

Bringing Local Perspectives to Washington, DC: The NHCOA Capitol Hill Briefing

nhcoa01On Wednesday, October 28, the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) held a Capitol Hill Briefing to launch its new report, “Status of Hispanic Older Adults: Recommendations from the Field.” The report provides a comprehensive overview of the needs, challenges, and resilience of Hispanic older adults, including a literature review and analysis of feedback and input from local communities around the country gathered at NHCOA Regional Forums in California, Texas, Florida, as well as from surveys collected from over 700 Hispanic older adults. The findings were presented in order to align with the four categories used by the recently held.... Read More

             

The Status of Older Adults: Recommendations from the Field

In just a few short years, the U.S. will have more seniors than youth under 18 for the first time in history.  Yet today, our seniors face a host of difficulties that prevent them from aging with dignity, the best possible health and security.  This is especially true of Hispanic older adults and other diverse seniors.  Twenty percent of Hispanic older adults live in poverty and many more live in economic insecurity, often marked by hunger and a lack of quality housing and medical care.  In addition, many Hispanic seniors lack access to long-term services and supports and are victims of financial abuse, neglect and fraud.

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