The LCA's 35th Golden Age Gala Celebration took place on June 14, 2023.
NEW YORK - June 22, 2023 - The Latino Center on Aging celebrated its 35th Golden Age Awards presentation on June 14th. The highly successful LCA's Annual Banquet
took place at Villa Barone Manor in Bronx, New York.
This year, the following individuals were honored: Hon. Ruben Díaz, Jr., V. P. of Strategic Initiatives, Montefiore Health System, Public Service Golden Age Award;
SOMOS Community Care, Community Leadership Golden Age Award; Mike Bolton, General Manager, Cintas and Seton's Board Member, Corporate Golden Age Award;
FOX 5 News, News Department, Community Service Golden Age Award; Solange Paisante, Director, Mantena Social Services, Newark, NJ,
Community Service Golden Age Award; and Hiram Colón, Musical Director, Community Service Golden Age Award.
The Golden Age Awards are presented annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Latino/Hispanic Community.
These awards recognize effective leadership, lifetime contributions, public policy initiatives, corporate contributions, and community involvement.
The banquet was a splendid black-tie affair and received extensive coverage on the 10 O'Clock News by Fox 5 News.
Jessica Formoso from WNYW-TV, Channel 5, served as the Master of Ceremonies, and the gala was presided over by Adriene Rosell.
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 2023
LCA Awards gala event, which is our annual fundraiser that we rely on to fund the majority of our activities.
For photos from the 2019 Golden Age Awards Gala Click Here!LCA's 31st Thanksgiving Day Meal For The Elderly Without Family
Traditional Thanksgiving Day Meal, Latino style.
NEW YORK - December 26, 2022 - This year's Thanksgiving Day was particularly important for the Latino Center on Aging, it marked 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 six (6) 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 planned a Thanksgiving feast that brought a message of hope and care to the most fragile members of our community.
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The 2022 Thanksgiving Day Meal for the Elderly will be held thanks to:
And the support of the following generous individuals:
Carmenza Millán, Dr. José Herrera.
LCA's 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 - October 20, 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 held its Second National
Conference on Alzheimer's, titled, “A Life Without Memory: Latinos and Alzheimer's." This virtual free registration conference took place on Thursday, June 9, 2022
from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. There were presenters from New York, California, Texas and Florida, and an audience from the US and Latin America.
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.
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 was 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.
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
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.
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.