Older Adult Task Force Mission
The mission of the Asian & Pacific Islander Older Adults Task Force (APIOATF) is to promote quality of life issues for Asian and Pacific Islander older adults in Los Angeles County. Created by the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON) in 1986, APIOATF comprises human services and community-based organizations that provide culturally appropriate programs and services to the API elderly throughout the County. Representatives of member organizations/agencies meet to identify needs, exchange ideas, develop appropriate strategies, and coordinate planning, organization and delivery of services to API olderadults in our communities. As advocates for our elders, APIOATF members take every opportunity to call attention to the plight of the severely underserved API elderly population through presentations, inter-agency meetings, public hearings and roundtables, and meetings with government officials.
Over the years, APIOATF received grants and other funding to facilitate special projects such as the Cambodian Seniors Nutrition Program and publish resources highlighting different aspects of providing services to API older adults. These publications include guides, handbooks, directors, and DVDs. Please contact APIOATF at firstname.lastname@example.org for information or copies of any of the resources below.
API Elderly in Los Angeles County: An Information and Resource Handbook, Volume 1 (1998) and Volume 2 (2003)
The handbook covers each the historical and cultural background, immigration patterns, community development resources, elderly population characteristics, needs and problems and cultural do’s and don’ts for the following communities:
- Chinese & Taiwanese
An Ethnic Elder Demographic Guide to L.A. County: Population Count & Disability Characteristics, Volume 1 (2007), Volume 2 (2008)
The guide is the result of a collaborative effort with APIOATF’s project consultant, Eric Wat, Data Manager at Special Service for Groups, and community leaders in the aging network. Volume 1 is composed of Population Count and Disability Characteristics. Volume 2 takes a closer look at the Economic, Grandparents Caregiving, Health, Housing and Language characteristics of ethnic elders in Los Angeles City and County. A section on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults is also included. Service Planning Area (SPA) Maps and Transportation Guide can be found under Appendix A and B.
Understanding Diversity & Caregiving: Cambodian Caregivers in L.A.County, DVD
This DVD examines a part of Los Angeles County that is rarely explored: the world of Cambodian seniors, including caregivers. This world is marked by the legacy of “the killing fields,” the Cambodian political and economic turmoil from which refugees escaped into the United States. The resulting sense of isolation, nightmares, confusion and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome, combined with language and cultural barriers, contributed to an inability to access services in the mainstream community.
Viewers (care managers, health providers, policymakers, and other) will gain new insight to better understand the perception of caregiving in the Cambodian community; the stress and hardship often experienced by Cambodian elders and family caregivers from a cultural and historical perspective. Viewers will learn how a culturally appropriate and geographically accessible meal site program in Long Beach becomes a trusted community resource for seniors and their caregivers. The project also empowers the elders by providing them with the opportunity to tell their stories and express their needs in their own voice.