On November 1, 1979, a small federal grant gave birth to the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging. The dream of a national organization that could address the overlooked needs of AAPI older adults had finally emerged from the shadows.
AAPI older adults are one of the fastest growing population groups in the United States. There are currently 3.2 million Asian American elders and 162,000 Pacific Islander elders, for a total of 3.3 million AAPI older adults. By 2050, the AAPI older adult population is expected to grow by 310 percent.
Today, NAPCA continues to be the voice of AAPI older adults and their families as leaders in the areas of healthy aging, mature workers, and the prevention of elder abuse.
OPTIMIZING OPPORTUNITIES FOR HEALTH AND INDEPENDENCE
The lack of culturally and linguistically competent resources, poor health literacy, and immigration-related issues are a few of the barriers that impact AAPI older adults from a low probability of disease and disease-related disability, high cognitive and physical functional capacity, and active engagement with life.
ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION
LEADING THE FIGHT FOR ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION
AAPIs, and particularly AAPI immigrants, seem less likely than other populations to report abuse and receive services due to cultural barriers such as prioritization of family harmony over self, levels of acculturation, or the view of endurance and suffering as cultural virtues, thus leading to a reduced likelihood of seeking help for elder abuse and neglect.
CONNECTING MATURE WORKERS TO EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING
AAPI older adults are the second largest racial labor force participation group at 63.4%. With the aging of the AAPI senior population, this implies that many AAPI older adults will either enter or remain in the labor force. NAPCA remains committed to provide a greater capacity in serving AAPI older job seekers.
Help Make A Difference
Your gift in any amount helps us in our mission to serve as the nation’s leading advocacy and service organization committed to the dignity, well-being, and quality of life of AAPIs as they age.