Key Takeaways

  • By 2029, when all of the baby boomers will be 65 years and over, more than 20 percent of the total U.S. population will be over the age of 65.

  • Although the number of baby boomers will eventually decline, this shift toward an increasingly older population is expected to endure.

  • Hear from an expert who will cover the social, emotional, and physical natural changes that all older adults experience, and how community health workers can adapt to those changes.

On September 23, 2019, NCOA held a webinar for community health workers (promotoras) who were looking to gain greater insight into working with older adults.

The webinar focused on the social, emotional, and physical natural changes that all older adults experience. Experts talked about tthe importance of serving this population in a meaningful manner in order to be attentive to their personal needs based on their health and mental health status.

What you can find in the presentation slides:

  • Ageism and some common biases that may impact our interactions with older adults
  • Physical and cognitive changes that happen as we age
  • The social determinants of health and how they affect the social, financial, and physical well-being of older adults

Presenter: Francisco Ronquillo, MA, PA has worked in the education and public health sector for more than 20 years and is dedicated to tackling the social determinants of health and the needs of marginalized populations. His multi-sector collaborators are community health workers/representatives, health council coordinators, community leaders, public and private school personnel, faith-based organizations and other health advocates in the southern and central areas of New Mexico.

Currently, his health equity efforts are aimed at building capacity between academic health centers and communities. As a bilingual educator and trained as physician assistant, he applies popular education approaches in his trainings with Latino, immigrant, and border communities on cultural humility, medical terminology, mental health first aid, and other community/public health topics. He is an advocate and proponent of identifying the strengths and assets within the community to promote social and systemic change that strives for equity.

Download the slides for this webinar