Fort Worth, Texas Center To Serve as Health, Social Service Resource Center for Elderly Hispanics
A new, not-for-profit senior center, Voces Olvidadas Tercera Edad, or Forgotten Voices of the Elderly, opened on Friday in Fort Worth, Texas, aiming to "link Hispanic seniors to health and social services in the community," the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The League of United Latin American Citizens is supporting the effort. According to the Star-Telegram, the center will help both documented and undocumented elderly immigrants determine if they are eligible for government programs and also help locate social service groups that offer assistance.
Voces Olvidadas Tercera Edad also will serve as a national prototype for Hispanic advocates seeking to develop similar programs. Organizers of the center also are planning to launch a magazine targeting elderly Hispanics that will focus on issues related to aging in the U.S.
German Trejo-Caballero, chair of LULAC's National Commission on Immigrant Affairs, said, "There is a lack of information right now," and "Voces Olvidadas will fit the need" (Smith, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2/8).