August 27, 2014 by

Immigrant Senior Issues in Mecklenburg County, NC

Immigrant Senior Issues in Mecklenburg County, NC

Over 85,000 Asians within Mecklenburg County. Over 20% of them are an aging population of seniors who have lived here for an average of 15 years and are still denied basic public services.

Local culturally specific organizations have formed temporary support

center to fill in major gaps in needed services. These organizations need
public agency partnerships and funding to be effective and sustainable.

Denied Equal Access to Public Services which Seniors are Eligible for Including:

  • DSS Services
  • SSI Office
  • Senior Public Transportation System
  • Human Health Services and Preventative Care – Mental health services

  • Civic Engagement – Representation of local voice
  • Community Service – Contributing to society

Denied Services because of Barriers:

  • Stereotypes
  • Language / Accent
  • Cultural Differences
  • Lack of Knowledge / Lack of Documentation
  • Lack of Transportation
  • Immigration Status
  • Lack of financing – Citizenship, Transportation, Healthcare fees
  • Healthcare Concerns and Need for Preventative Care Support Programs for:

    • Social Health – Isolation / lack of social and community networking
    • Mental Health – Depression / Anxiety
    • Physical Health – Obesity, Diabetes, Hypertension

    Solution / Agenda:

    • Recognition, Partnership and Funding for local effective benefit banks like
      UISAC (Universal Institute for Successful Aging of Carolinas).
    • Easy access for enrollment of public services and citizenship with
      culturally competent staff.
    • Break down systemic barriers and red tape for minority and immigrant
      populations to exercise their right and duties.
    • Increased representation of local diverse population.
    • Centers to assist underserved population in meeting social, healthcare and
      other needs – SASC (South Asian Senior Center)
    • Create opportunities for exchange of culture and knowledge.

    Contact: UISAC / SASC President Nimish Bhatt – 704-491-1186

    Thank you for your valuable time from UISAC / SASC.