Hispanics in Southern Arizona are concerned about the future of Medicare and Social Security.
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That was the conclusion reached by AARP Arizona staff members who attended a series of health and retirement security forums about Medicare and Social Security recently held in predominately Hispanic communities of Yuma, San Luis and Somerton, Arizona.
Collaborating with local Hispanic group Campesinos Sin Fronteras, AARP Arizona Associate State Director of Multi-Cultural Outreach, David Parra, says those that attended the events, which are part of AARP’s You’ve Earned a Say effort, were not hesitant to voice their concerns about the future of the two programs in a frank and engaging conversation.
“Many people said that without Medicare and Social Security, they would not be able to pay for their health care and most likely would not be able to put food on their table,” said Parra. “They were very open about their concerns and thanked AARP for bringing the You’ve Earned a Say conversation about the future of these programs to their communities.”
Parra has been working with Campesinos to hold You’ve Earned a Say events in Hispanic communities in Southern Arizona. Campesinos Sin Fronteras serves migrant & seasonal farm workers in Yuma County, Arizona, through education, advocacy and hands-on involvement.
“We’re excited to have Campesinos as a collaborator in bringing the important message of You’ve Earned a Say to Spanish-speaking folks in the far reaches of our state,” added Parra.
He adds that several more You’ve Earned a Say Spanish-language presentations are planned over the coming weeks.
“These events have helped us lay the groundwork for the next phase of our work in bringing information about protecting Social Security and Medicare to communities across our state as a part of AARP’s You’ve Earned a Say,” said Parra.
Arizona AARP is working with the group, Asociacion Nacional Pro Personas Mayores, in bringing AARP’s You’ve Earned a Say events to Nogales and areas of south Tucson.
“With medical costs and inflation, people are particularly concerned about the future of Medicare and Social Security. With our You’ve Earned a Say presentations, we’re making inroads, letting folks know that AARP is working to see that these programs are better protected for them and their grandchildren.”
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