This post originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.
On February 14, 2017, the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) hosted a Caregiving Thought Leaders Roundtable in Washington, DC. The roundtable focused on identifying the education and training needed to support Hispanic caregivers. The discussion was based on a new study released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) focusing on Family Caregiving for Older Adults. The information gathered from the convening will inform NHCOA’s national strategy on family caregiving and create awareness on caregiving among Hispanics.
The roundtable was opened by NHCOA’s President/CEO Dr. Yanira Cruz, welcoming remarks were offered by AARP’s Vice President of Multicultural Leadership, Yvette Peña, moderated by Dr. Octavio Martinez, NHCOA Chairman and Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, and closing remarks were done by the John A. Hartford Foundation Sr. Program Officer Marcus Escobedo. A diverse group of 40 experts on Family Caregiving participated in the roundtable. Organizations and partners participating in this roundtable included, AARP, Alzheimer’s Association, Caregivers de Puerto Rico, Compassion & Choices, DH/Perfil Latino TV, Eldercare Workforce Alliance, Family Values @ Work, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Institute of Medicine, John A. Hartford Foundation, Labor Project for Working Families, Latinos Against Alzheimer’s Coalition & Network, Mary’s Center, Maryland Department of Health and Human Services – Area Agency on Aging, Montgomery County – Aging and Disability Resource Unit, Office of Minority Health, PhRMA, and SAGE.
To read more about the proceedings and our findings/recommendations, view our new report: Final Proceedings Caregiving Thought Leaders Roundtable
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Diverse Elders Coalition.