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The Nation's Hispanic Aging Boom

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "We are witnessing an Hispanic Aging boom," said Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation's leading Hispanic health advocacy group. "Hispanics are one of the fastest growing segments of older adults; however, community resources are not meeting the needs of our population. The partnership announced today seeks to change that by supporting new PACE programs in Hispanic communities so that all have access to quality care," added Dr. Delgado.

PACE is an innovative model of care for persons 55+, often bringing together Medicare and Medicaid funding, and centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of people with chronic care needs to live and be served in the community whenever possible. Delivering all needed medical and supportive services, a PACE program provides the entire continuum of care and services to people with chronic care needs.

"We all want the best care for our aging loved ones, but getting that care can be frustrating," said Shawn Bloom, President and CEO of the National PACE Association. "Families who are a part of PACE experience a caring environment in which their loved ones receive quality care, coordination and support is provided so family members have a respite from caregiver duties allowing them to work and support their family's economic well-being, and a person can continue to live in the community," emphasized Mr. Bloom.

"PACE is a model of care that has always faced hurdles in accessing sufficient and affordable financing," said Bob Montanari, Senior Vice President of National Cooperative Bank. "We are delighted to be working with the Alliance and NPA and we expect our commitment will provide new opportunities for PACE development and expansion in Hispanic communities," stated Mr. Montanari.

"May is Older Americans Month and an appropriate time to honor our nation's older adults. If you need information on PACE in your community or other services for yourself or someone you know, we are here to help. Please call our bilingual and toll-free Su Familia helpline at 1-866-783-2645," concluded Dr. Delgado.

SOURCE National Alliance for Hispanic Health

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