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LCA'S 2nd NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LATINOS AND ALZHEIMER'S
Some of the conference guest speakers, from left: Dr. Gladys Maestre from the University of Texas; Dr. Christian Camargo from the University of Miami; Dr. Katalina McInerney of University of Miami; and Dr. José Goris from SOMOS Community Care, New York.  
NEW YORK - June 1, 2022 - Building upon its first national conference on Alzheimer’s & Latinos in 2020 that was a resounding success, the Latino Center on Aging (LCA) together with other prestigious organizations from troughout the country will hold its Second National Conference on Alzheimer's, titled, “A Life Without Memory: Latinos and Alzheimer's." This virtual free registration conference will take place on Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. There will be presenters from New York, California, Texas and Florida, and an audience from the US and Latin America.

The conference will be conducted in Spanish. Being its purpose to inform, educate and train all who are involved in the care of persons with Alzheimer's disease. The conference will provide a unique forum for the elderly and caregivers to discuss important issues on a one-on-one basis, offering a great opportunity to network with knowledgeable experts and those in need.

Although non-Hispanic whites make up the majority of the over 6 million people in the United States with Alzheimer Disease, research shows that Hispanics/Latinos and African Americans are at higher risk of developing AD (1.5x and 2x, respectively). Drug targets with human genetic evidence of disease association are twice as likely to lead to approved drugs, however, Hispanics/Latinos make up only 1.3% of individuals in the genome-wide association studies (GWAS) catalogue.

Furthermore, studies published by researchers at the John P. Hussman Institute have shown Alzheimer Disease genetic risk factors can differ between ancestries. Thus, is it possible that drugs developed on findings based on only one group of individuals, may not work in individuals with different ancestries.

"We need to make best efforts to educate our community on all aspects of this debilitating disease,” said Mario E. Tapia, President and CEO of the LCA.

The conference is sponsored by SOMOS Community Care - Doral Family Journal - University of Miami - University of Texas - Alzheimer's Association (California) - Humana - United HomeCare - Advocate Health - Alliance for Aging.

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LCA'S 31st Thanksgiving Day Meal for Elderly Without Family

Traditional Thanksgiving Day Meal, Latino style.  
NEW YORK - June 1, 2022 - This year's Thanksgiving Day will be particularly important for the Latino Center on Aging, it marks 31 years of serving the traditional Thanksgiving Day meal to seniors without family in our communities.

For the Center it is one of the most cherished ongoing projects. "The greatest satisfaction has been in turning a usually gray Thanksgiving Day into a colorful and happy day for many of the isolated elderly in New York and other eastern seaboard places," said Mario Tapia, LCA's President and CEO. "During these years we have witnessed how many other community groups and organizations are also celebrating Thanksgiving Day for the elderly and those less fortunate, which is especially gratifying" he added.

Since 1992, thanks to generous corporate support and community volunteers, the Latino Center on Aging has been very successful in providing a hot meal to over forty five thousand seniors on Thanksgiving Day. This year we identified seven (7) sites where the elderly participated in a Thanksgiving meal on November 24th. These community centers are located in New York and New Jersey. As you may know, many seniors in our communities have been disproportionally affected by pandemic, so we are planning a Thanksgiving feast that brings a message of hope and care to the most fragile members of our community.

If you would like to make a donation (tax deductible) to LCA to continue its programs, please click the Donate button below now. You can donate via PayPal or use any major credit card. Please do it now! Thank you!


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The 2021 Thanksgiving Day Meal for the Elderly was held thanks to:

Con Edison

And the support of the following generous individuals: Carmenza Millán, Dr. José Herrera.

LCA's Golden Age Awards Gala Postponed to 2023


The LCA's 30th Anniversary Golden Age Gala Celebration Planned for June of 2023.
 
NEW YORK - June 1, 2022 - The Latino Center on Aging's 2022 Golden Age Awards presentation was postponed.

In abundance of caution, the Latino Center on Aging (LCA)'s Board of Directors decided to put on hold its 2022 Golden Age Awards gala event this year, but it is considering to hold its 30th anniversary gala in June of 2023. Stay tuned!

The unfortunately consequence of having to cancel this event, will have a material impact on our outreach efforts. As you may know, LCA has been extremely busy. Our team has been working with a national radio network seeking volunteers to help bring food to East Harlem seniors, connecting isolated seniors with available services during the emergency through our weekly radio show, and addressing mental health issues including stress, anxiety and depression due to social isolation, with the help of expert professionals.

Our projects are conducted to help the Latino elderly, who are in poor economic conditions and oftentimes isolated with no one to help or guide them. We are proud of our reputation for excellence, and since we could not do this without your support, we hope you share in our pride.

Below please find a Paypal donation link for your consideration. We are asking for a financial contribution in lieu of attending or sponsoring this year's 2022 LCA Awards gala event, which is our annual fundraiser that we rely on to fund the majority of our activities.



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LCA's 5th Conference on Alzheimer's a Total Success
Presenters joined by some of the organizers of LCA's Fifth Conference on Alzheimer's, which took place on May 5, 2016 at the auditorium of the Silberman Aging Center at Hunter College.  
NEW YORK - May 10, 2016 - The Latino Center on Aging (LCA) in conjunction with CaringKind: The Heart of Alzheimer's Caregiving, Acacia Network, Inc., Union Settlement and Silberman Aging: A Hartford Center of Excellence in Diverse Aging, held its Fifth Conference on Alzheimer's, titled, “A Life Without Memory: Latinos and Alzheimer's”. This free registration conference took place on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Silberman Aging Center's auditorium, Third Avenue and 119th Street, East Harlem.

The conference was conducted in Spanish. Being its purpose to inform, educate and train all who are involved in the care of persons with Alzheimer's disease. The conference provided a unique forum for the elderly and caregivers to discuss important issues on a one-on-one basis, offering a great opportunity to network with knowledgeable experts and those in need.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, about 200,000 Latinos in the United States have Alzheimer's, but that, by 2050, based on Census Bureau figures and a study of Alzheimer's prevalence, the number could reach 1.3 million. The general population of Alzheimer's patients will grow to 16 million by 2050, from 5 million now. “Presently there are three hundred and fifty thousand Hispanics over the age of sixty residing in New York City, a number that will double in the next 35 years. We need to make best efforts to educate our community on this debilitating disease,” said Mario E. Tapia, President and CEO of the LCA.

The conference was sponsored by CaringKind, Omnicare, Royal Care NYC and MetroPlus.
Nationally and Locally Latino Elderly Experience Dramatic Increase
The graph shows the statistical projection of the population over 65 years of Hispanic origin residing in the USA. From 2.9 million in 2010 is projected to 17.5 million in the next 35 years. In New York City the present number is over to 400,000.

Services and programs for this segment of the population does not go according to its rapid and unprecedented growth.
 
NEW YORK - May 1, 2022 - The Latino Center on Aging (LCA ) is redoubling its efforts to continue bringing information to the Latino elderly and their families through a weekly radio show in La Poderosa 670AM. This initiative is of particular importance due to the increasing population of Hispanic elderly people living in the US and their future projection.

This projection represents a big challenge. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, presently there are over 400 thousand Hispanics 60 plus residing in NYC, number that will double in the next 35 years. The need for information about existing programs and services proves to be more than obvious, besides of being crucial. The LCA is bringing its years of experience and knowledge to the population of older Latinos, with respect for their culture and language.

The determination of the Latino Center on Aging and its Board of Directors for the new year is to bring the whole community of elderly Hispanic relevant and timely information on topics of interest through educational conferences and media utilization. Our work continues, together we can and should improve things.
LCA'S RADIO PROJECT
M. Tapia en La Poderosa 670 AM radio - Miami
Mario Tapia, Para Mayores host with a guest, Dr. Marina Sarno from the University of Miami.  
MIAMI, FL -- June 1, 2022 -- Since October of 2018, every Saturday at 9:45 AM, LCA has been broadcasting its weekly radio show "Para Mayores" on La Poderosa 670 AM radio (Worldwide via Internet). Conducted by Mario Tapia, LCA's President and CEO, brings information on topics of interest to the growing Spanish speaking elderly communities throughout the United States.
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SUCCESSFUL 9th CONFERENCE ON ALZHEIMER'S
Conference on Alzheimer's - May 11, 2022
 
In conjunction with the University of Miami and the South Florida Hispanic Coalition for Aging, the Latino Center on Aging held on May 11th its ninth conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Our new homepage has been underwritten by the generous support of our friends at San Vicente de Paul - Archcare Health Center and Buena Vida Center.
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