Based on the 2000 census projections, by 2030 New Mexico will move from 39th in the nation to 4th in the percentage of people older than 65. To raise awareness and begin to address this issue the Con Alma Health Foundation lead the EngAGE New Mexico initiative. Along with increased awareness of our aging population, Con Alma also seeks to increase funding support for this growing population.
Con Alma Health Foundation continues work to increase awareness of aging issues and build coalitions that would enhance the impact of grantmaking to better support New Mexico’s aging population. We work to identify ways to increase partnerships between public and private sectors to make New Mexico a model aging-friendly state, including developing advocacy positions and pushing for reform on behalf of the senior population. In this ongoing effort we are proud to support SHARE New Mexico by collaborating on a Community Initiative Page on the topic of Healthy Aging in New Mexico. We are also proud to support the Las Cumbres Community Services’ Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program.
The aim of the Healthy Aging Initiative page is to connect groups and individuals to become aware of each other and to help gather and share information and resources helpful to seniors, their families, advocates, and caregivers. On the initial landing page you can find sub-pages where information is focused and shared with specific audiences. As we continue to update content on these pages we encourage your suggestions and invite you to contribute.
The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program provides support, resources, discussion topics, and an end of year conference aimed to foster the growth and well-being of grandparents who are the primary caregivers to their grandchildren in Rio Arriba County and beyond. They are dedicated to enriching the lives of both grandparents and grandchildren by offering support throughout this fulfilling journey.
Please visit Las Cumbres Community Services’ Grandparents Raising Grandchildren page to learn more about this important work.
New Mexico needs to support its seniors 01/24/2013
Dolores E. Roybal | Originally appearing in the Santa Fe New Mexican on Saturday, December 22, 2012 http://www.santafenewmexican.com/LocalColumnsViewpoints/122312sunVUEroybal#.URqYs6XaK-F Our population of seniors is growing, and they need our attention. The …