NATIONAL INDO-AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

Mailing Address: 7 Roberta Avenue, Farmingville, NY 11738:

A non profit tax-exempt organization - ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT ( Fall - Winter 2001 Newsletter)

This progress report for the period December 2000 to November 2001, presented at the Annual Meeting on November 10, 2001 has been slightly expanded in order to reflect the Fall / Winter 2001 NIAASC newsletter as well.

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On the occasion of second General Body Meeting of NIAASC, it is gratifying to state that the association has made progressive strides during the last twelve months in addressing issues of seniors of Indian origin.

A. INFORMATION AND REFERRAL:

  1. Representatives of NIAASC appeared twice on International Television (ITV).

    In the program 'Live and Call-in' hosted by Renu Lobo of ITV included Rajeshwar Prasad. Dr. Ashwin Pandya, and Mangal Gupta. They stressed the importance of rising number of Indian seniors and urged the local community-based organizations to add a component for senior program in their ongoing activities. Citing the 2000 Census figures of about 1.7 Asian Indians in USA, it was estimated that there are about 170,000 seniors, mostly in New York/New Jersey region and California. In an appearance on TV with the host Brij Lal, Mr. Prasad focused on the recently held 'Conference on Seniors' which addressed the concerns and problems of recent senior Indian immigrants in areas such as adaptation in the new land. Conflicts and compromises within the family structure, particularly when elderly live with their children, were the crux of the interactive conference.

  2. Newsletters:

    Two newsletters have been issued, which not only covered what NIAASC had accomplished but provided telephone numbers and web sites of a number of governmental and non-governmental agencies addressing issues of seniors. They also focused on collaborative efforts with a number of organizations in the New York-New Jersey metro area. This report reflects some of those efforts. You may access newsletters at the web site:

www.niaasc.org

In July 2001, the 'Column on Seniors' became a reality as NIAASC initiated a collaborative venture to have periodical articles in the Indian Weekly newspaper "Indian Reporter". With the announcement on July 6, the articles started appearing as of July 13 issue. So far, in brief, the following subjects have been covered: Medicare: Coverage in Part A and Part B, Eligibility; Medigap: Managed Care Plans, Private Fee-For- Services, Frequently Asked Questions about Medicare; Your Rights as a Medicare Patient; Medicare Protection in various facilities. The articles in the pipeline include: Important Telephone Numbers & Web sites for Medicare Patients; Medicaid: Coverage, Eligibility; Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

NIAASC has instituted a toll-free telephone number for the convenience of seniors and their families in USA where they can leave a message and a NIAASC representative responds the call ASAP. The Web Site of NIAASC is widely used. Telephone # is 1-866-6-NIAASC and the Web site is www.niaasc.org.

B. COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS:

  1. The NIAASC provided technical and logistic support to the India Association of Long Island (IALI) for arranging two luncheon senior programs. The meetings were addressed by Sandra Escuder, Social Security Specialist from Social Security Administration; Fatimah Lateef, Senior Advocate from the Office of Aging in Suffolk County and Ruth Gold, Director of Communications from the Department of Senior Citizen Affairs of Nassau County: both Area Agencies on Aging (AAA). The third similar luncheon by IALI in collaboration with NIAASC was held on December 09, 2001.
  2. In addressing and coordinating social services related issues, the NIAASC helped in the kickoff and development of the South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS). NIAASC helped SACSS in developing its constitution and questionnaire to assess needs.
  3. The NIAASC played an advisory role at the Hindu Temple Society of North America in Flushing, New York, in their efforts to formalize a senior citizen program. One of the NIAASC Board members, Mr. M.K.Ramasubramanian, serves as a liaison between the Temple and NIAASC.
  4. An exploratory meeting, between NIAASC representatives and community leaders from Pennsylvania interested to develop a senior citizen program, was held on September 15, 2001 in Morrisville, PA. The meeting was initiated and conducted by Dr. Greesh Sharma, a NIAASC member from Pennsylvania. NIAASC president attended the meeting.
  5. The NIAASC provided support to a group in North Carolina in developing constitution for a senior citizen program.
  6. NIAASC leadership works very closely with a Senior Citizen program where 50-75 seniors of Indian origin meet monthly at the Vaishnav Temple in Queens.


C. RESEARCH & STUDY RELATED TO INDIAN SENIORS:

  1. The NIAASC has collaborated with the Penn State University for a study funded by the National Institute on Aging under the direction of Dr. Jyotsna Kalavar, a NIAASC member and an Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the Penn State University in New Kensington. The study focuses on issues of Indian senior immigrants. NIAASC helped in the selection of samples from New Jersey and New York and in translating the questionnaire in Hindi and Gujrati. NIAASC also assisted in a pilot project where 25 seniors were interviewed by Dr. Kalavar to understand problems and concerns of Indian seniors.
  2. The NIAASC participated in developing a grant application by the C. W. Post University in Long Island for training volunteers in Long Beach, Nassau County, New York, to assist frail elderly. It was a faith-based grant application and was submitted to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  3. The NIAASC helped in developing the application submitted by the Indian American Kerala Center in Elmont to the New York State Department of Health for smoking control and cessation.
  4. The NIAASC endorsed the application of the Asian Americans for Equality, based in Queens, New York for expanding their current activities to Asian Indians.

D. ORGANIZATIONAL EFFORTS:

  1. General Body Meeting & Election of Officers: The first General Body Meeting of the NIAASC took place on November 18, 2000, after almost thirty months of ground work, organizational process and interim organizational structure. The 18 members of the Board of Directors were formally elected at the meeting. Immediately following the General Body Meeting, the Board of Directors held its first organizational meeting. The Board members, under the chairmanship of Dr. Ashvin Doshi, elected five officers of NIAASC through secret ballot for a term of two years. The Board has also established standing and other committees to carry on the task of NIAASC. Names of current officers and Board members of NIAASC appear at the end of the report on page 3.
  2. Life Membership: NIAASC added a new category of membership: Life members with a donation of $100.00. The life membership is applicable to all, though the voting privilege, as per NIAASC Constitution, remains with seniors 50 years and older.
  3. Professional Advisory Group: NIAASC has initiated efforts to develop a Professional Advisory Group (PAG) with experts who can assist in the following areas: Housing, Family Interaction; Immigration and Naturalization; Legislative and Advocacy; Social Services; Social Security; Medicare and Medicaid; Long Term Care; Gerontology; Computer and Web sites; Grants and Proposals; Nutrition; and other issues impacting on seniors.

 

E. SPONSORSHIPS:

The NIAASC has sponsored or cosponsored a number of events conducted by different community-based groups and agencies. Some of those are listed here: - Needs Assessment by South Asian Council for Social Services on August 03, 2001 - India's Independence and ONAM Celebrations by the Indian America Kerala Civic and Cultural Center on August 18. - Candlelight Vigil for September 11 Disaster Victims by the Kerala Center on September 30 - Candlelight Vigil by some 30 different Indian groups at Eisenhower Park, Nassau County, on October 7

F. PLANNING THE FOURTH 'CONFERENCE ON SENIORS: 11/10/2001( Program appears on the back of this page)

The NIAASC organized its fourth 'conference on seniors' on November 10, 2001 at the Indian American Kerala Center in Elmont. The followings are the areas to be covered in the conference: Housing for Seniors, including Assisted Living; An Overview of Senior Citizen Program: Services for Seniors in New York City; and Transportation, Medicaid and Respite Care The conference, in addition to 12 individuals, was cosponsored by the following organizations: - The Indian American Kerala Civic and Cultural Center - Global Organization of People of Indian Origin - Hindu Temple Society of North America - American Association of Retired Persons

G. MISCELLANEOUS:

The NIAASC collected funds for the earthquake relief fund and sent the same to the India's Prime Minister's Relief Fund through the Indian Consulate in New York. Earthquake hit the state of Gujrat in India in January 2001.

H. Mission and Membership of NIAASC:

Enclosed with this annual report / newsletter is a statement of mission and objectives of the National Indo-American Association for Senior Citizens (NIAASC) along with the membership form.

I Eldercare Locator:

 

NIAASC encourages individual seniors as well as groups to contact their local Area Agency on Aging for support and information. To find out the AAA in your area call the ELDERCARE LOCATOR toll-free number : 1-800-677-1116

 

NIAASC Board of Directors:

Officers:

Rajeshwar Prasad, president (631-698-0512), Ashwin Pandya MD, vice president (516-292-9741), Ashok Satkalmi, vice president (718-343-9038) Mathew Koshi, secretary (718-441-7797), and Romesh Tewari, treasurer ( 732-727-9456)

Board Members:

Sushila Gidwani-Buschi: Dobbs Ferry NY, Hasmukh Gandhi: Picatsway NJ, Purushottam Karra: Edison NJ, Kamla Motihar: Flushing NY, Manoj K. Patel Esq.: Jersey City NJ, M.K.Ramasubramanian: Fresh Meadows NY, Asha Samant DMD: Livingston NJ, V.N.Sehgal MD: Jackson Heights NY, Chandrakant Shah: Floral Park NY, Rajul Shah: Cedar Grove NJ, Vipin Shah: Old Bridge NJ, E.M.Stephen: Elmont NY, Satish Varma MD: New Hyde Park NY.

At the 11/10/01 General Body meeting, Mr. Surendra Sutaria from East Meadow, New York, was elected to the Board of Directors. Mr. Hasmukh Gandhi, one of the six retiring Board members at the end of one year did not express interest to continue as a Board member.

 

NATIONAL INDO-AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS PROGRAM OF FOURTH CONFERENCE ON SENIORS: November 10, 2001

11:00 A.M.

Registration: Romesh Tewari, NIAASC treasurer & Mathew Koshi, NIAASC secretary

Moment of Silence in Memory of 9-11-01 Disaster Victims

Welcome: Thomas Abraham, Chairman, Kerala Center Board of Directors & President, Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) Opening Remarks: Rajeshwar Prasad, NIAASC President & Conference Coordinator

11:15 ISSUES RELATED TO HOUSING FOR SENIORS INCLUDING ASSISTED LIVING

Introduction of Speaker: M.K. Ramasubramanian, NIAASC Board Member Presentation by Doug Aloise MBA, Housing Administrator, Catholic Charities, Development, Procurement Eligibility and Process for Housing for Seniors

INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE ABOVE SUBJECT

Introduction of Panelists: Sushila Gidwani-Buschi Ph.D., NIAASC Board Member Panelists: Sushila Gidwani-Buschi (moderator), Doug Aloise, and Mel Cooperman, Legislative Assistant, AARP

12:45 P.M. Lunch Break

1:45 P.M.

  1. AN OVERVIEW OF SENIOR CITIZENS PROGRAM IN NEW YORK CITY and
  2. ISSUES RELATED TO TRANSPORTATION, MEDICAID AND RESPITE CARE

Introduction of Speakers: Ashok Satkalmi DCSW, NIAASC Vice President Presentations: Carol Hunt, Executive Director, Jamaica Services Program for Older Adults Overview of a Program for Seniors and the Process of Developing the Program Paola Miceli, Director, Health & Human Services, Queens Borough Programs & Services for Seniors in New York City

INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE ABOVE SUBJECT

 

Introduction of Panelists: Ashwin Pandya MD, NIAASC Vice President (Moderator) Panelists: Ashwin Pandya; Richard Campanella, Director of Medicaid, Nassau County; Carol O'Neill, Director of Senior Services at the Education and Assistance Corporation, on Respite Care; Tom Nasti, Manager, MTALI Bus on Transportation Facilities for Seniors, Eligibility and Process; Carol Hunt and Paola Miceli

4:00 P.M.

Recognition of Sponsors & Vote of Thanks: Manoj K. Patel, Esq., NIAASC Board Member

4:15 P.M.

General Body Meeting

Progress Report by Rajeshwar Prasad Financial Report by Romesh Tewari Report of the Nominating Committee by E.M.Stephen, Chairman of Nominating Committee

5:00 P.M.

Adjournment

There will be stretch & coffee breaks during the conference, besides the luncheon break. All are requested to attend the NIAASC's General Body meeting, though it is not incumbent: Web site: www.niaasc.org; Telephone #: 1-866-6-NIAASC (1-866-664-2272); Mailing Address: NIAASC, 7 Roberta Avenue, Farmingville, NY 11738

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MISSION AND OBJECTIVES OF NIAASC:

The National Indo-American Association for Senior Citizens (NIAASC) is to serve as the leading national information, referral and advocacy organization committed to well being and quality of life of Indo-Americans in their senior years. The objectives include:

The underlying theme of NIAASC is not to reinvent the wheel, but to identify services already existing and through community groups persuade the seniors to take advantage of those services. At the same time NIAASC also recognizes that with the increasing number of Indian seniors they need centers where they feel at home; where they can cherish their traditional values; where they can develop their own social network; and where they can ask freely about various services and benefits for seniors in their local areas. The NIAASC was incorporated in New York in early 1999 as a not-for-profit voluntary association with a tax-exempt status under IRS Code of 501C3. It operates through a Board of Directors and it is a membership organization.

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MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS WITH NATIONAL INDO-AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

Membership is open to all Indo-Americans, agencies and organizations which subscribe to the objectives of the NIAASC. Members benefit through:

* A periodical newsletter on pertinent issues for seniors;

* Information about services for seniors;

* Referral to service provider agencies in their communities;

* Advocacy on behalf of seniors;

* Job opportunity alerts for seniors;

* Workshops, seminars and conferences to address issues affecting seniors.

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$50.00.........$100.00........$200.00........$250.00........Other(Please specify)............

 

Please make check payable to NIAASC and mail to:

7 Roberta Avenue,

Farmingville, NY 11738

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The National Indo-American Association for Senior Citizens (NIAASC) presents its annual report for the period of December 2000 to November 2001 in this package. The report has been expanded for presenting the Fall/Winter 2001 Newsletter. The next newsletter will be published in April-May 2002. If you are involved with or aware of program (s) for seniors in your communities, please provide us information for the upcoming newsletter (s). Information should be sent by the end of February 2002. Please describe the name of the program, contact person, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and if possible activities. Please also let us know if any other person is interested to receive the NIAASC newsletter. Please submit the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the person. NIAASC is working on transmitting its newsletter electronically. In this regard we need your cooperation by sending your e-mail address to niaasc@aol.com. This will enable NIAASC to communicate with you more frequently and provide you information of urgency pertaining to senior issues as soon as possible. This package also contains NIAASC membership form. We encourage you to be a member of NIAASC, if not already one. Your membership will help NIAASC focus on advocacy and other issues important to seniors more effectively. In our next conference, we intend to address the issue of advocacy with the help of professionals. Advocacy reflects a complex process and in order to make it effective we need to understand it more thoroughly, and we shall need professional agencies such as AARP to provide us an intensive training in this area.

 

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This report/newsletter has been put together by Dr. Ashwin Pandya and Rajeshwar Prasad. We welcome news and information which may be helpful to seniors of Indian origin. Please do not hesitate to mail helpful information to NIAASC at 7 Roberta Avenue, Farmingville, NY 11738.

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WE WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY, PROSPEROUS, HEALTHY AND PEACEFUL 2002

 

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National Indo-American Association

For Senior Citizens (NIAASC)

7 Roberta Avenue,

Farmingville, NY 11738