& Balancing Responsibilities
Convening hosting of diverse organizations regarding the balance of responsibilities of caregiving and the importance to prioritize mental health.
ABOUT THE CONVERSATION:
On November 19, 2020, the National Council on Aging, Latinos for a Secure Retirement and LULAC will host a community cafecito (coffee chat) on the Different Faces of Caregivers: Prioritizing Mental Health & Balancing Responsibilities. This digital convening will host experts, share information on mental health, social isolation, and share resources that prioritize self-care, mental health, and even personal finances. We will integrate cultural elements of caregiving and the “obligation” young adults feel when caring for loved ones.
Register for this cafecito, join the conversation and receive resources on providing care. We will discuss how responsibility affects every facet of a caregiver’s life and can cause financial strain on families.
This partnership coalesced by NCOA brings resources to families that may apply for money-saving benefits through the NCOA BenefitsCheckupTool© to live with dignity, purpose, and security.
This effort was supported in part by grant 90MINC0001-01-00 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services. Points of view or opinions do not necessarily represent official ACL policy.
6:00 PM Welcome Remarks | LULAC
6:05 PM Community Conversation
6:25 PM Benefits Check-Up Tool Training & Q&A
6:45 PM Resources for Latinos
6:55 PM NCOA Closing Remarks
- Anais Nin- Manager, Spanish Programs, NAMI- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Jeremy Garcia- Caregiver, American Kidney Fund Advocate
- Imelda Aguirre-Coordinator, Programs and Services, Alzheimer’s Association, Dallas and Northeast Texas Chapter
- Andres Rodriguez, MSW, ACSW – VP for Young Adults, LULAC
- Sandra Caraveo, National Program Manager, LULAC
MODERATOR: Vivian Nava Schellinger, Director, Strategic Partnerships & External Affairs, National Council on Aging
For any questions please email Monica at Monica@LatinosRetirement.org
Meet The Speakers
Sandra Caraveo, National Program Manager, LULAC
Sandra Caraveo is the National Programs Manager for the LULAC Institute Inc. and works on coordinating various projects that educate and empower the community. She has used her extensive experience with mobilizing and training grassroots networks to carry out LULAC’s program implementation. Currently, she is overseeing all of LULAC’s major service initiatives in education, health, empowerment, youth leadership development, financial empowerment, employment, and technology. Her seasoned experience working with local LULAC councils and partners will be a key asset to LULAC’s Program Initiatives.
Jeremy Garcia, Ambassador – AKF
Jeremy Garcia is a San Antonio native and a proud first-generation college graduate from Texas A&M University. During his time at A&M, he met his girlfriend (now wife) who he later learned was a type 1 diabetic. As years passed, Jeremy learned about the challenges of diabetes and later kidney disease. Jeremy never knew much about kidney disease until he found out his wife’s kidneys were failing year later. After helping her through her dialysis journey, he was proud to later call himself a kidney donor.
Jeremy ended up being a perfect match for his wife and was thankful that he was able to give her a second chance at life. Now he is determined as an AKF Ambassador to spread his message and advocate for those with kidney disease and those who are considering being a donor. Jeremy is also a Proud H-E-B Partner, where he work as a Campus Recruiter and helps find talent for internship opportunities within the company.
Vivian Nava Schellinger, Director, Strategic Partnerships & External Affairs, National Council on Aging
Vivian leads the National Council on Aging’s ecosystem of national and community partnerships, external engagement of NCOA’s policy priorities, and programs focused on vulnerable populations of older adults. For over a decade, Nava-Schellinger has used equity as a baseline principle of her work - whether working on large scale reimbursement programs in the private sector, securing funding for health literacy programs and driving Affordable Care Act (ACA) outreach in vulnerable communities, or advocating for greater health and economic security across the lifespan for underrepresented populations.
A proud Tejana, born and raised along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, Nava-Schellinger has utilized her cultural assets and legal training to efficiently and successfully merge business strategy, development, organizational management, and health policy to ensure that all communities have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about their healthcare and financial well-being.
Vivian enjoys spending time with her husband and three pups Fernando, Phil-Chepito and Nacho
Anais Nin Gonzalez, Spanish-language Programs Manager at NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness
Anais Nin manages Spanish-language community-based mental health education programs at NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She supports bilingual leaders’ efforts to raise mental health awareness and increase community support in Latinx and Spanish-speaking communities. In her work, Anais advocates for mental health information and care that is inclusive, easy to understand and accessible to all.
She was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Spanish is her first language. Anais holds a B.A. in psychology and minor in sociology from the University of Dayton.
Andres Rodriguez, Vice-President for Young Adults, National LULAC
Andres was born and raised in Hollister, California, an agriculturally based region of the California central coast. He double majored in Political Science and Chicano Studies from California State University, Northridge in 2015, and attended McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. Since the age of 12, Andres has been an avid member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the nation's oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization. For the past 15 years, Andres has been an advocate for the Latino community on local, state, and national levels where he has collaborated with elected officials to advocate for issues pertinent to the Latino Community. Andres recently earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California, and is currently on his third term as National LULAC Vice President for Young Adults. He is currently in the process of applying to Harvard University to pursue a degree in International Relations.
Imelda Aguirre, Education Coordinator – Hispanic/Latino Outreach BRAVO
Imelda Aguirre works primarily with caregivers and individuals with a diagnosis as a care consultant. Imelda provides one-on-one care planning, crisis management and information and referrals for families and the general public affected by Alzheimer's disease and dementia.