Welcome to the National Resource Center on AAPI Aging

The National Resource Center on AAPI Aging is the nation’s first and only technical assistance resource center dedicated to building the capacity of long-term service and support systems to equitably serve AAPI older adults and their caregivers. Established in 2015 through a grant from the Administration for Community Living, NAPCA’s National Resource Center on AAPI Aging collaborates with mainstream aging organizations who specialize in mature workers, healthy aging, family caregiving, elder justice, dementia, and long-term services and supports portfolios. Through these partnerships, NAPCA’s cultural expertise informs the collaborative development of technical assistance for professionals, such as trainings, fact sheets, reports, and culturally and linguistically appropriate educational resources.

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Cultural Competency

Diversity Guide
The organizations and institutions that make up the Aging Network play a critical role in delivering services to older adults across the country. Yet, the specific needs of diverse elders are often invisible.

 

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AAPI Toolkit
The purpose of this toolkit is to provide, in a convenient and easy-to-use method, a comprehensive approach to better reach and engage AAPI older adults.

 

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AAPI Cultural Competency Course
In partnership with the ADvancing IQ Learning Center, NAPCA developed a cultural competency course: Strengthening Cultural Competence in Information and Referral/Assistance Work with AAPI Older Adults.

 

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Cultural Translation of TCARE for Korean and Vietnamese Caregivers
The successful translation of evidence-based programs, such as TCARE, for Korean and Vietnamese caregivers hinders on their engagement in the translation process. Using a community-based participatory approach, this project used culturally appropriate qualitative methods to examine the readiness of TCARE for Korean and Vietnamese caregivers.

 

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Fact Sheet: Strategies to Identify an Interpreter
The most significant barrier AAPIs experience in accessing long term services and supports is limited English proficiency, or LEP. LEP individuals are those who do not speak English as their primary language, and who have a limited ability to read, write, speak or understand English.

 

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n4a Webinar Series: Cultural Competency with AAPI Older Adults and Caregivers
The first webinar in this two-part series provides an overview of the AAPI older adult population for Area Agency on Aging, or AAA, staff and providers, including demographic trends, cultural diversity and barriers to accessing services. The second webinar in this series provides a more in-depth look at the strong cultural values and diversity across AAPI families. Complex issues, such as family caregiving and dementia are discussed.

 

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Strengthening Community-Based Services for Asian American and Pacific Islanders Affected by Dementia
Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are the fastest growing minority group in America, and between 2010 and 2030, the AAPI older adult population is projected to increase by 145 percent.

 

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Fact Sheet: Identifying AAPI Languages
Through technical assistance with aging organizations and providers, the National Resource Center on AAPI Aging has heard from professionals that they experience challenges in accessing and understanding data. Obtaining data on AAPI older adults can seem difficult, intimidating, and confusing.

 

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SMP/SHIP/MIPPA Webinar Series: Cultural Competency with AAPI Older Adults
This webinar series was developed to provide technical assistance to State Health Insurance Programs and Senior Medicare Patrols grantees to increase their capacity to better reach AAPI Medicare beneficiaries with limited English proficiency. The series describes AAPI populations, their unique needs, and challenges, with a focus on outreach and engagement.

 

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Dementia

Connecting with AAPIs About Dementia: An Action Guide for Service Providers
This action brief is for community-based organizations working to educate and empower AAPI communities about dementia.

 

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Connecting with AAPIs About Dementia: An Action Guide for Service Providers
This action brief is for community-based organizations working to educate and empower AAPI communities about dementia.

 

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Strengthening Community-Based Services for Asian American and Pacific Islanders Affected by Dementia
Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are the fastest growing minority group in America, and between 2010 and 2030, the AAPI older adult population is projected to increase by 145 percent.

 

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Healthy Aging

Fact Sheet: Identifying AAPI Population Counts
Through technical assistance with aging organizations and providers, the National Resource Center on AAPI Aging has heard from professionals that they experience challenges in accessing and understanding data.

 

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AAPI Inclusion: Community Needs Assessment
This tool will help organizations raise their awareness, evaluate areas for improvement to increase inclusion, and track organizational change as they strengthen their work with AAPI older adults within their communities.

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Needs Assessment: Identifying the Needs of AAPI Elder-Serving Organizations
Community-based organizations, or CBOs, across the U.S. play an essential role in addressing health, economic, and social disparities of AAPIs. In an effort to better understand the landscape of AAPI-serving CBOs and the needs of AAPI elders, NAPCA conducted a needs assessment survey of 558 of its community partners.

 

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AAPI Inclusion: Community Needs Assessment
This tool will help organizations conduct community needs assessments as they strengthen their work with AAPI older adults within their communities.

 

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Report: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
In 2009, NAPCA implemented the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, or CDSMP, within AAPI communities.

 

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AAPI Inclusion: Self-Assessment for Organizations
The NAPCA Helpline has been an invaluable in-language national service to many Asian American older adults for more than a decade. During that time, we have helped Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese seniors to enroll in and evaluate their Medicare part D plans, apply for Low-Income Subsidy, and provide information and assistance on other benefit programs.

 

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Data Brief: AAPI Population, Nativity and Language
The United States has encountered fluctuations in the aging workforce. There has been an increase in the overall number of older workers in the labor force, as well as an increase in the number of older AAPI workers in the labor force.

 

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2016 Listening Sessions Report: Emerging Needs for AAPI Older Adults
In 2016, in partnership with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the National Resource Center on AAPI Aging convened listening sessions across the nation to understand the key issues facing AAPI older adults.

 

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Mature Workers

Data Brief: AAPI Economic Indicators
Economic data on AAPI older adults is limited and often aggregated, which belies the diversity that exists within the population.

 

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Pilot Study: Financial Well-Being among AAPI Older Workers
This pilot study investigated economic readiness for retirement among low-income older Asian adults. Data was collected from 150 participants of the Senior Community Service Employment Program, also referred to as SCSEP, an employment and training program for low-income older adults.

 

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Data Brief: AAPI Older Workers, Employment Trends
The United States has encountered fluctuations in the aging workforce. There has been an increase in the overall number of older workers in the labor force, as well as an increase in the number of older AAPI workers in the labor force.

 

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SEE Program Report
The Senior Environmental Employment program, or SEE, is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide an opportunity for retired and unemployed Americans age 55 and older to share their expertise and remain engaged in the workforce.

 

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Elder Abuse Prevention

Research Study: Elder Mistreatment Among AAPI Older Adults
This report describes findings from a study that examined AAPI older adults’ life experiences that included various topics related to elder mistreatment.

 

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AAPI Financial Exploitation Series – Guidelines for Professionals
The Guidelines for Professionals are intended to (1) provide instructions on utilizing the in-language fact sheets developed within this series, and (2) highlight best practices for professionals when working with AAPI older adults who may be a victim of, or vulnerable to, financial exploitation.

 

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Older Adult & Caregiver Resources

How to Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud
Postcard with strategies to protect yourself from Medicare fraud. Customizable to include local Senior Medicare Patrol contact information. Available in English, Chinese, Hmong, Ilocano, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Korean, Khmer, Samoan, Laotian, and Tongan.

 

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Medicare Information and Assistance
Many national, regional, and community-based organizations are capable of providing in-language information and assistance on Medicare and other benefits.

 

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Help stop Medicare Fraud
Postcard with strategies to stop Medicare fraud. Customizable to include local resource contact information. Available in English, Chinese, Hmong, Ilocano, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Korean, Khmer, Samoan, Laotian, and Tongan.

 

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Elder Abuse Fact Sheets
We encourage community-based organizations and professionals who work closely with AAPI caregivers and older adults with dementia to use these. Each factsheet contains a space to list local resources, such as phone numbers and websites, that may be difficult for AAPI older adults who have limited English proficiency to access.

 

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AAPI Financial Exploitation Series
Included within this series are two fact sheets: (1) Identifying Financial Exploitation and (2) Planning to Protect Yourself from Financial Exploitation. These fact sheets are available in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, and Samoan.

 

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