NAPCA: Policy and Advocacy
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) elders (age 55+) face unique challenges to obtaining a high quality of life in their later years. AAPI elders are one of the fastest-growing groups of ethnic elderly in the U.S. yet remain largely invisible. Today, 2.8 million Asian American elders and 90,000 Pacific Islander elders live in the U.S. Between 2010 and 2050, the AAPI elder population 65+ is expected to grow 466 percent while the total population of American elders will grow 120 percent, and the total U.S. population 42 percent. Their needs and concerns are not well-researched and, too often, are not addressed by current public policies.
NAPCA works on policy issues at the local, state, and federal level on issues that affect Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) elders. Advocacy efforts may include submitting public comments to federal agencies on rules and regulations that may affect the health and quality of life of AAPI seniors, meeting with elected officials and their staff to educate and inform about the needs of AAPI elders, and issuing press releases about myriad policy changes or legislation that impact elders. At NAPCA we strive to provide a voice for AAPI elder needs before national policymaking bodies, foundations, corporations, and other organizations to ensure that measures are being taken to resolve their problems. Stereotyped as the “model minority,” AAPI concerns are too often minimized, ignored, or overlooked and NAPCA proactively works to influence positive outcomes for the community. NAPCA’s policy and advocacy goals are:
- Indentifying key policies, laws and programs in order to formulate and implement a strategy to advance the NAPCA’s objectives of serving AAPI elders,
- Preparing written materials – public comments, press releases, blogs – to educate policy makers about the unique needs of AAPI elders; and,
- Bringing advocacy groups, policymakers and their staff, and other stakeholders in the aging and AAPI communities together in order to translate policy goals into action