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National Hispanic Council on Aging
734 15Th Street, N.W., Suite 1050
District of Columbia
The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) is the nation's premier constituency-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the Hispanic/Latino elderly, their families, and their communities. Now in its 28th year, NHCOA represent
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In this Spanish language 60-second PSA, Dr. Henry Pacheco, NHCOA Director of Medicine and Public Health, tells Hispanic seniors, families, and caregivers to be alert for Medicare fraud and explains the common types of fraud they should be aware of.
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In this 60-second PSA, Dr. Henry Pacheco, NHCOA Director of Medicine and Public Health, tells Hispanic seniors, families, and caregivers to be alert for Medicare fraud and explains the common types of fraud they should be aware of. (SPANISH)
According to Henry Pacheco, ...
According to Henry Pacheco, MD, medical director of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, "What motivates Hispanics to become caregivers to their elders is familiarismo, their cultural values that are passed on from generation to generation."
Pacheco, who is from Bolivia, said Hispanics learn the obligation to care for family elders from an early age.
"In many cases it is an honor or a cultural obligation, just like the responsibility of taking care of your children," he added.
Most Latinos prefer to take care of their elders at home were they can speak their native language and eat Latino cuisine, instead of sending them to nursing homes.
Also, it is almost impossible for most Hispanic families to pay between $8,000 and $10,000 a month for institutional care in a nursing home, Pacheco said.
SAGE Blog: HIV & Aging
Dr. Henry Pacheco, Director of Medicine and Public Health for NHCOA, added the voice of one of our Diverse Elders Coalition partners. Dr. Pacheco explained that the HIV/AIDS rate for those Latinos who are 50-plus in the United States is five times higher than their non-Hispanic white counterparts. He talked about how the population that NHCOA serves has not been reached or targeted in outreach efforts for a variety of reasons, including the usual misconception that older adults don't use drugs and don't have sex, but also, cultural, linguistic, and generational barriers. These barriers can be overcome, he said, by efforts tailored to the Hispanic community, including the use of of "pase la voz," word-of-mouth, to spread awareness, and "charlas," informal educational sessions, specifically designed to reach Hispanic older adults.
NHCOA Launches Toolkit for Medicare Educational Outreach with Support of UnitedHealth Group | NHCOA
The bilingual toolkit includes a fact sheet and presentation for caregivers and family members, as well as a series of videos with NHCOA's Medical Adviser, Dr. Henry Pacheco.
"Caregivers and family members are key figures in Latino seniors' lives," said Dr. Henry Pacheco, NHCOA Medical Adviser.