(Seattle, WA) The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging issued a second publication focusing on stories of AAPI elders served through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

The 39-page book was compiled by Chew Communications, capturing personal stories of 20 Pacific Islanders from the Samoan and Chamorro community, with the primary focus on elders who continue to find meaningful work through NAPCA’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

(Seattle, WA) The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging issued a second publication focusing on stories of AAPI elders served through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

The 39-page book was compiled by Chew Communications, capturing personal stories of 20 Pacific Islanders from the Samoan and Chamorro community, with the primary focus on elders who continue to find meaningful work through NAPCA’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

“’Pacific Islander Voices’ reflects the importance of community networks in helping AAPI elders engage and lead more healthy and fulfilling lives,” said Christine Takada, NAPCA President and CEO.  

Simamao Lee Casper, a Samoan elder profiled in the book says, “I am so happy that NAPCA gives me this opportunity to learn and to talk to people. I’m supporting myself with the money I receive. As long as these legs can take me and I can do my work – my arms, my hands, my fingers still move – I’m not going to retire. I’m going to work.”

Chief Loa Pele Faletogo, President of the Samoan Federation of America, who is also profiled in “Pacific Islander Voices“ adds, “Everyone has some level of intelligence, but senior citizens are blessed with great wisdom.  Elders instill calmness in our lives, and pride in our individual ethnic identity.”

A valuable outcome as stated by Ron Chew, Principal at Chew Communications is that, “As the Pacific Islander elders recount their lives both here in the U.S. and back in the Islands, we learn about their strong faith, hardships, determination and struggle for a better life for themselves and for the next generation.”

Pacific Islander Voices is the second publication produced by NAPCA about elders served through SCSEP. In February, NAPCA unveiled ‘Senior Voices,’ a 48-page book profiling stories of Asian American elders. 

If you are interested in a complimentary copy of ‘Senior Voices’ or ‘Pacific Islander Voices’ please contact NAPCA at 1-800-33-NAPCA (1-800-336-2722). You may also view the publications online: http://napca.org/?q=node/27 (go to the menu on the left and click on ‘Senior Voices Publications.’)

The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging’s mission is to serve as the leading national advocacy organization committed to the dignity, well-being and quality of life of AAPIs in their senior years. For more information please visit: www.NAPCA.org.

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