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Ethnic, Religious, Sexual Orientation Communities

The following are just a sample of the kinds of community-specific organizations that exist to support and advocate for the elderly.

Ethnic Communities

The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging is committed to the dignity and well-being of Asian Pacific Americans. Its programs include employment services, senior education and a toll-free helpline for speakers of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and English.

The National Association for Hispanic Elderly meets the needs of Hispanic and low-income elderly. Their services include employment programs for the elderly, affordable senior housing and education programs such as Medicare awareness and emergency preparedness.

The National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc. serves the particular needs of the African American elderly population and provides advocacy, health education and housing for seniors.

The National Indian Council on Aging has been working since 1976 to improve health and social services to American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.

Religious Communities

B'nai B'rith is an international Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization. Their senior services include support for seniors who want to remain at home, support for families facing Alzheimer's disease and federally subsidized housing for seniors in 25 communities across the country.

Catholic Charities is a network of over 1,700 local organizations working to reduce poverty, support families and empower communities. Many of their affiliated agencies across the country provide resources, housing and other services to elders.

Sexual Orientation Communities

The Family Caregiver Alliance offers an online LGBT caregiver support group.

Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing develops affordable housing and comprehensive care that meets the unique needs of LGBT elders.

LGBT Aging Project seeks to ensure equal access to services and benefits for LGBT elders. Their services are focused in and around Massachusetts, but they are also involved in LGBT elder care advocacy on a national level.

SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders) is a NY-based organization that provides counseling, resources, educational programs and advocacy for LGBT seniors and their caregivers. Though most of their direct services are available in the New York City area only, their site is a good resource for people anywhere.