RI's Eldery Latino Population Increasingly Isolated

Apr 23, 2014

Elderly Latinos in Rhode Island and their families may not be aware of the programs available to help them.  That’s the premise of a conference planned for Wednesday at Rhode Island College.

RIC’s gerontology program is hosting the conference, called “Meeting the Needs of Latino Elderly.” The idea is to draw attention to state programs Latinos and their families might not know about because of language barriers or immigration status. But Latino community advocate and conference moderator Delia Rodriquez Masjoan said those aren’t the only reasons.

“It’s not that the services aren’t available, it’s many ways the communication strategy that’s used to inform the community," said Masjoan.

She says services aren’t always advertised on Spanish radio or newspapers, for instance.  Conference sessions include a briefing on Alzheimers disease services for Latinos and an overview of the financial assistance available from Medicaid. Conference goers are also expected to discuss the growing social isolation of Hispanic seniors in the state.

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