Dallas, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–November 1, 2007–As part of its continued efforts to improve health care for Hispanic seniors, Evercare, one of the nation’s leading health care coordination programs, unveiled its new Spanish-language Web site, http://www.planesdesaludevercare.com at the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) Annual Conference held here today.
More than a thousand of the country’s concerned individuals and community leaders gathered in Dallas over the last three days to attend this year’s conference, “The Booming of an Aging Latino Population: Building Strategies to Enjoy Our Golden Years.” This conference, sponsored in part by Evercare, offers dynamic information-sharing, community-building and networking opportunities for those that serve our seniors. Among the key topics addressed were housing for seniors, volunteerism, grandparents caring for grandchildren, caregivers and mental health and Medicare as a family concern.
“Evercare has been dedicated to serving people who have advanced or long-term illnesses, people who have disabilities and our senior population for 20 years,” said John Weymer, executive director for Evercare of Dallas and Fort Worth and NHCOA member. “The Hispanic community is an important segment of our national membership and we recognized the need for Spanish-speaking seniors and their caregivers to have a Web site dedicated to their needs where they could be guided through the intricacies of Medicare and to learn how to maximize their available benefits.”
Trini Garza, Executive Director of La Voz del Anciano, a Dallas-based senior citizen advocacy group, praised the Spanish-language Web site. “Our country’s Medicare system is essential for a large majority of Hispanic elderly. Yet our seniors are very proud, and due to language barriers, confusion, or the difficult nature of the system, many don’t get the services they need and deserve.”
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 157 million Americans will be afflicted by chronic diseases by the year 2020. Evercare Nurse Practitioners and Care Managers also serve to support the family members who are often overwhelmed with their responsibilities in coping with the chronic diseases.
Evercare continually works to improve the availability of information for people living with chronic conditions such as heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure and diabetes, all of which disproportionately affect the Hispanic community. The launch of the Spanish language Web site is just another example of the company’s ongoing efforts to personalize its services and support for all its members and to help address health disparities.
Evercare is one of the nation’s largest care health coordination programs for people who have long term or advanced illness, are older or have disabilities. Founded in 1987, Evercare today serves more than 150,000 people nationwide through Medicare, Medicaid, private-pay health plans, programs and services – from health plans for people in community and skilled nurse settings, to caregiver support and hospice care. Evercare offerings are designed to enhance health and independence, and in the complex world of health care, make getting care easier, Evercare is part of Ovations, a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) dedicated to the health care needs of Americans over age 50. For more information about Evercare call 1-800-668-8147 or 1-800-387-1074 (TTY) or visit EvercareHealthPlans.com or PlanesdesaludEvercare.com for Spanish-language information.
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