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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Thursday, January 22, 2004
||Contact: AoA Press Office
January 22, 2004
In honor of the Chinese New Year, the Administration on Aging
(AoA) recognizes the efforts of our partners, the National Asian
Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) and their work in helping AoA
improve the health in the Asian American elderly community.
The Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services awarded a $356,365 grant to the
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) to conduct a three-year
model project that targets health disparities among Asian American
and Pacific Islander (AAPI) elders.
“An active healthy lifestyle is a key component to aging
well,” said Assistant Secretary for Aging, Josefina G.
Carbonell. “By providing culturally relevant and appropriate
health information and services to the Asian American and Pacific
Islander communities, we can help prevent or delay disease and
disability and reduce health care costs to our nation.”
NAPCA is targeting health problems common among older Asian
Americans in 13 elder AAPI communities in states including: Washington,
California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Illinois, New York,
Washington, DC and Texas. The project activities include a series
of interventions, specifically designed to address health problems
of AAPI elders through the distribution of translated and culturally
appropriate health education materials. The program also includes
a healthy lifestyle promotion, disease prevention program that
incorporates disease specific seminars, healthy lifestyle programs,
screening for early detection and case referrals. Specifically,
the project addresses the development of useful, understandable
and timely information on health promotion, disease prevention
and affordable health care programs for vulnerable, under served
multi-cultural AAPI elders with limited English proficiency.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration
on Aging, works with a nationwide network of organizations and
service providers to make support services and resources available
to older persons and their caregivers. For more information,
please visit http://www.aoa.gov.