FORUM on Aging Fil-Am 

PCCSA Forum Series on Taking Care of Aging Fil-Ams

A Community Approach to a Shared MissionThrough Inter-Generational Collaboration

 

“Preparing and Enjoying the Golden Years”

 

Abstract:  This Forum Series is a bold and timely initiative to challenge all Filipino-American community organizations in the Tri-State area, to create strategies and follow-up action plans on numerous issues of aging Fil-Ams in their own family or friends’ networks.  In addition, to seek innovative ways on how to advocate for the well-being of all Fil-Am senior citizens.  This community approach emphasizes a shared mission with younger peoples’ groups and/or organizations and encourages intergenerational participation, to instill and establisha culture change on Aging as a continuation of “life, fun and diversity,” thereby changing how Seniors and Elderly persons are viewed, treated, and eventually taken care of.

 

Goal (Forum Series 1): 

 

  1. To reach out and identify the Aging Seniors or Elderly Immigrants living in our own family/friends network, who are seriously challenged by chronic illness, loneliness, isolation/separation from family, and lack of information on access to government benefits.
  2. To address Aging Seniors or Elderly Immigrants unmet needs and encourage them to actively participate in community or neighborhood activities.
  3. To encourage seniors to expand their range of choices & strengthen support networks that help them address their health, housing, psycho-social, financial, or legal/immigration issues.
  4. To encourage Fil-Am organizations to share Spaces&Time for “Intergenerational Dialogues” where Senior and Younger persons interact, recall, and document their family and social histories, through song, dance, the arts, poetry, literature and drama. (This activity has been and is supported by the Queens Memory Project.)

Suggested Topics (to be addressed in a Series of Forums)

  • Assessment of Needs………FAHSI
  • Navigating Resources………AARP/ Steve Raga
  • Retirement & Estate Planning ….CT/ Tess Dunuan
  • Keeping the Spirit Alive…………PAGASA Social Foundation
  • Preserving a Culture of Healing /The Psychology of the Fil-Am…… …Dr. Kevin Nadal
  • Growing Old Together …The Filipino American Senior Citizen of Queens/Luis Pedron
  • The Doctor is In (End of Life) ………Dr. Bob Bano Staten Island Senior Group
  • Legislative Advocacy………………….Philippine Consulate/ Con Gen
  • How to Use/Avail of Healthcare Services in the Philippines utilizing Medicare & US-based Health Insurance ……PCCSA/Consuelo Almonte
  • Creating Your Perfect Nursing Home
  • Yes, I Need Help! (We Can Help)
  • When to say NO more/Giving up with Dignity and Grace to say No
  • The Great Surrender (End of Life): “I say, Amen.”
  • Love is Space:  Coalescing for an Integrative Filipino-American Senior Center…The Nursing Office/Myrna Santos and Lutgarda Resurreccion

Taking Care of Aging Fil-Am

Community Approach to a Shared Mission

(Inter-Generational Approach to Aging Fil-Am)

 

Goal: Preparing and Enjoying the Golden Years

  • Assessment of Needs………FAHSI
  • Navigating Resources………AARP/ Steve Raga
  • Retirement & Estate Planning ….Tess Dunuan
  • Forever Young: Keeping the Spirit Alive…………Imogene Raypon
  • Preserving a Culture of Healing/The Psychology of the Fil-Am………Dr. Kevin Nadal
  • Training the CareGiver/Growing Old together …………Luis Pedron
  • The Doctor is In (End of Life) ………Dr. Bob
  • Legislative Advocacy………………….Philippine Consulate/ Con Gen

 

Moderator:   Marivir Montebon

                          Luis Pedron

                          Rachel Ocampo

                          Kay Habana