NAPCA Reflects on Historic APAHM and Observes Pride and Alzheimer’s Awareness in June

By June 1, 2021

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With the month of June underway, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging takes a look back at a historic Asian Pacific American Heritage and Older Americans Month. The enactment of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes legislation, the centennial observances of the Tulsa massacre and Yuri Kochiyama’s birth, President Joe Biden’s initiative on equity and justice for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community, and the introduction of the Credit for Caring Act have marked a month which has seen unprecedented levels of engagement on social media toward AANHPI issues. NAPCA looks back at all the individuals who were featured through our social media campaign #respectourelders #protectourelders #connectwithourelders (TwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagram). Their contributions have strengthened our nation’s commitments to its ideals and values.

Here is the list of names we paid tribute to in May:

As we look forward, June is both LGBT+ Pride and Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Our older adults are vulnerable to social isolation which substantially contributes to mental and physical health detriment. This is especially true for LGBT+ elders who are twice as likely to be living alone and four times less likely to have children. Here are additional resources from our friends over at SAGE Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders: Social Isolation – SAGE (sageusa.org)

According to the latest census data, the Asian American population has grown at a rate of 81% (NHPI grew at 61%) over the last decade, making it the fastest growing population in America. Yet several barriers have prevented this community from accessing the medical resources and treatments to diseases like Alzheimer’s. One of these barriers remains the lack of medical research and data on this population, which is why NAPCA is building the CARE registry in partnership with the University of California San Francisco and community groups.

The purpose of CARE is to address the gap and reduce disparities in medical research participation among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through the creation of a registry. The theme of the CARE registry is “Health Across The Lifespan.” If you are an AANHPI individual and would like to volunteer to take part in medical research that will benefit your community, please enroll here.


NAPCA Helpline
The NAPCA Helpline is currently available with live support for residents in Los Angeles and Seattle in five different languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Korean. All Helpline counselors are available every Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm PST. The Helpline provides resources and information on the COVID-19, voicemail option to collect stories from older adults and their caregivers, and guided meditations in 8 languages.

English: 1-800-336-2722 | 廣東話: 1-800-582-4218 | 普通话: 1-800-683-7427 | 한국어: 1-800-582-4259 | 日本語: 1-800-398-1117 | Tagalog: 1-800-593-8087 | Tiếng Việt: 1-800-582-4336 | Español: 1-800-948-3844

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
Founded in 1979, NAPCA is a national non-profit organization that preserves and promotes the dignity, well-being and quality of life of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and diverse older adults. In its 40 years, NAPCA has served over 100,000 diverse older adults through the organization’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE), and its Resource Center. For more information, please visit: www.napca.org.

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