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  NATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC CENTER ON AGING

 1511 Third Avenue Suite 914

Seattle, Washington  98101-1626

(206) 624-1221

www.napca.org

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2015                          Contact: Wes Lum, (206) 624-1221

 

NAPCA Receives 5-year, $1.15 Million Federal Grant to be the National Technical Assistance Center for AAPI Older Adults 

            The Administration for Community Living awarded the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) a five-year grant totaling $1.15 million to serve as the national resource center on Asian American and Pacific Island (AAPI) aging.

            The goal of this multi-year grant is to build the capacity of the nation’s Aging Network to provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate information, supports, and services to AAPI seniors.

            “We are honored to be working with the Administration for Community Living to ensure that our Aging Network will be armed with the tools necessary to reach our diverse AAPI senior population,” said Dr. Wes Lum, NAPCA President and CEO.  NAPCA will focus on building and disseminating resources in four areas: elder justice, long-term supports and services, family caregiving, and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

            NAPCA’s award winning, multilingual Helpline that is staffed with bilingual and bicultural consumer advocates will provide free, over-the-phone interpretation technical assistance to the Aging Network in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Vietnamese to improve access to information and services for limited English proficient AAPI seniors.

            Additionally, NAPCA will partner with four other racial and ethnic minority and LGBT national aging organizations to establish the National Consortium on Aging Resources for Seniors’ Equity to collectively help the Aging Network better understand the common needs and challenges of minority and LGBT senior populations.

            AAPI older adults 65 and older are projected to number over 2.5 million by 2020, and by 2050 are projected to reach over 7.6 million.  Nearly 1.9 million AAPI’s 65 years are older are currently foreign-born.  “We look forward to helping mainstream aging network organizations serve difficult-to-reach AAPI populations in culturally appropriate ways,” said NAPCA Board Chair David Cohen. “This grant comes at an opportune time, enabling us to get this important work underway before the AAPI aging tsunami hits shore.”

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NAPCA is the leading advocacy and service organization committed to the dignity, well-being, and quality of life of Asian American and Pacific Islander elders as they age.