The NCBA is Looking Out for Big Mamma...and Papa in Old Age

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The National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc., (NCBA) is the only national organization focused on improving the quality of life for African–American and low–income minority elderly. Throughout its 36–year history, the NCBA has worked to eliminate obstacles to fairness and equal access for one of the most underserved and vulnerable groups in our society: low–income black and minority senior citizens.

The organization is a member of the Leadership Council on Aging (LCAO), the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) and the International Federation on Ageing (IFA). NCBA President and CEO Karyne Jones has participated as a speaker at the Spry Foundation Annual Conference, the Texas Conference on Aging, and the New Jersey Foundation on Aging.

The NCBA was founded in 1970 by a group of concerned citizens to assure that the 1971 White House Conference on Aging would address the particular needs of African–American elderly. The group held its own conference one month before the White House conference and succeeded in its goal to participate in the White House conference. The perspective and expertise of NCBA has been sought for every White House Conference on Aging following that, with the exception of the 2005 conference–the NCBA executive staff made every effort to participate in and contribute to the 2005 conference, to no avail.

Despite much social progress, inequities in employment, access to quality healthcare, disparities in health status, discrimination in housing and poverty still take a disproportionate toll on African Americans and minorities–especially seniors. The NCBA works to facilitate the sharing of resources, information and experience across the spectrum of policymakers, legislators, advocacy and service organizations, minority professionals and low–income elders to address issues such as financial planning, caregiving, intergenerational concerns, Social Security, Medicare and prescription drug coverage. Our advocacy activities have grown to become focused on programming for concrete benefits to seniors. Our programs have focused on the three most critical needs: housing, employment and wellness promotion/disease prevention.

After nearly 40 years, The NCBA maintains its well–earned reputation as the national leader in assuring that minority elders are represented at the national, state and local policy levels. The NCBA will continue to address equality and access issues as they relate to housing, employment and health promotion. The NCBA’s program planning and development is evolving to help seniors prepare for the challenges of aging as they evolve in the new millennium.

Today, the NCBA and its affiliates form one of the largest minority–focused service and advocacy networks in the country, with 30 chapters, employment offices in 15 states and the District of Columbia, and 10 owned or managed senior housing projects in five states and the District of Columbia. Health promotion activities are ongoing in five states and the District of Columbia. The NCBA stands ready as ever to keep the needs of minority Americans at the forefront of the nation’s policy agenda and to assure that the elders most in need benefit fairly from the advances in science, medicine, technology and economic opportunity that the collective efforts of all Americans have made possible.

Contact the NCBA at:
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc.
1220 L Street, N.W.
Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20005
1–202–637–8400, ext. 107
1–202–347–0895 (fax)

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