The Aging Services project provides technical assistance, resources, and virtual learning opportunities to build the capacity of service providers and community members that address issues that affect aging Hispanic communities through the use of peer-based programming.
As individuals age, new challenges arise that influence the risk of health-related and social issues. Loss of physical or mental abilities, deaths of loved ones, loss of an important role, or loss of resources can negatively influence an elder individual’s ability to live a healthy and independent life.1 Addressing the complex array of issues that arise with aging is a challenge regardless of background or circumstance, but in Hispanic communities, the barriers can be even greater. Lack of transportation, low health literacy, language barriers, difficulty navigating the health care system, and minimal financial resources to meet the needs that come with aging (often referred to as the social determinants of health) are primary areas of concern.2,3
The Aging Services project provides technical assistance, resources, and virtual learning opportunities to build the capacity of service providers and community members that address issues that affect aging Hispanic communities through the use of peer-based programming. Community Health Workers(CHWs), and other peer-based titles, can support social determinants of health (SDOH) and serve as a bridge between communities and the health care and social services systems. The presence of a CHW, who are trusted and knowledgeable community members, or peer, to help identify and address challenges and navigate available resources is not only an effective way for organizations or caregivers working with Hispanic older adults to serve this population, but it is also culturally and linguistically appropriate for this population.
Our Strengthening Aging Services for Hispanic Older Adults is holding Virtual Technical Assistance calls on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 2 pm EST. Click here for more details.
The project works closely with the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Coordinating Center for Minority Aging Technical Assistance and Resource Center (TARC) program, the National Center for Equitable Care for Elders, and other partners to share resources and best practices to ensure communities have access to a wide array of materials to support their work. In addition to technical assistance and resources, the Aging Services project publishes a biannual newsletter, quarterly blogs, and hosts webinars on topics relevant to the Hispanic aging community.
As a result of this project, individuals working with aging Hispanic populations have increased access to culturally and linguistically appropriate information and resources. Additionally, organizations demonstrate increased intention to utilize CHWs or other peer-based roles as a culturally and linguistically appropriate strategy to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults.
Aging Services can help you or your organization prepare to serve the older adult Hispanic population with culturally and linguistically appropriate information and resources.
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