Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with AARP NY!

Posted on 09/14/22 by Andre Hidalgo

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AARP New York is proud to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15. This year, we are honoring the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latin Americans with various virtual events such as cooking classes, career tips, fitness boot camps, and storytelling from generations of Latin Americans.

This is just the tip of the iceberg that is the rich cultural tradition of the Hispanic community, and we look forward to celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with members, guests, family, and friends.

Registration is required for these free programs, and registrants will be sent further details upon submitting an RSVP. You do not have to be an AARP member to register. Members and guests can register for one or all of our programs. However, some of the virtual presentations are only available in English.

We hope to see you around this month!

1. Cerca de Ti Podcast Series

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This series of podcast episodes will deal with issues affecting Americans and, more specifically, Latino communities. Please tune in for information and resources on finance, jobs, aging, and caregiving. Our speakers include advisors, philanthropists, and other professionals who are experts in their fields.


Let's address the great financial divide - between those who have their jobs, maintained or increased savings, and have manageable debt; and those who do not, particularly in Latino communities. Join us for a conversation with an experienced Financial Advisor, Dominic Valdez, to provide solutions for debt management, building wealth, and information around investing.

 *This conversation is intended to provide general guidance, not specific legal or financial advice. Individual circumstances may differ and should be taken into consideration before acting. Consult a professional for advice regarding your personal situation. Hopefully, the information we cover today will help you make informed decisions about your financial future.  Again, consult a professional for advice regarding your personal situation.


We are over two years into a global pandemic that saw devastating job loss and economic disparities, particularly among older workers - especially women - who have represented most service workers and more than 60% of the lost jobs. So let's talk about Women in the Workforce and age discrimination for those working past age 50! Join us for a conversation with Nancy Santiago, a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in education, economic development, federal policy, and philanthropy. We provide tools and resources on how to leverage your skills and set yourself up for a successful career.  


As the global pandemic affected every aspect of people's lives, it is important to understand how it impacted people's attitudes towards multigenerational living. Culture plays an important role in our attitudes around family, care, and living arrangements. What did we learn about each other during this epidemic? What did we learn about ourselves? Join us for a conversation with Daisy Paez, a retiree, activist, and mom, as we talk about what it means to #DisruptAging. 


Caregiving can be challenging; With over 43 million Americans providing care for loved ones, let's address these challenges both during and after the pandemic. Join us as we talk to Karen Vega, a Clinical Case Manager at Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center. We will share helpful tips, circulate local resources, and discuss how to build a caregiver support network to aid us through these challenging times.


Our final podcast talk in the series deals with health. As society is gradually recovering from the communal slump of the pandemic, there is a focus on taking control and getting back in touch with our overall health. Join us as we talk to Maria Scarfo from Senior Services Vision Latina and identify ways to take small-but meaningful steps to improve overall health (both mental and physical) and develop good habits for the future.

*This conversation is intended to be informational and educational and DOES NOT constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider regarding your personal health before beginning or changing any treatment, activity, program, or dietary plan.  AARP is not responsible for any decisions or actions taken in reliance upon or as a result of the information provided during this conversation.  The information shared is intended to help people make informed decisions on leading a lifestyle that supports health.

2. IndoRican Dance & Fitness Classes


Join us for a one-hour Zoom session that includes exercises around Stretch & Alignment, Cardio Fitness, and Balance Bootcamp, while listening to Latin rhythms. Each session will be one hour long and is meant to promote health, well-being, and social interaction with other participants. In addition, the instructor AARP members and guests can explore and embrace interactive ways to create a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Learn more and register using the links below:

3. Learn to make a Mexican-Inspired meal with Buffalo's own Chef Alexa!

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Join us for a virtual cooking class taught by Chef Alexa. In this webinar, Alexa will discuss the benefits of a plant-based diet focusing on heart-healthy, high fiber, and low sugar foods to promote healthy aging. In addition, you will receive some great options and recipes for plant-based and vegan mains, sides, desserts, and appetizers. We hope you join us in learning what plant-based is and the many benefits of this lifestyle!

4. Vivan Las Voces presented by AARP and StoryCorps

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AARP, in collaboration with StoryCorps, is proud to present "Vivan Las Voces" (Long Live the Voices), a national audio story collection project dedicated to capturing the diverse stories and experiences of the U.S. Latino community. Stories are captured through a conversation format, typically person-to-person, and participation is easy, fun, and rewarding. 

Participation in Vivan Las Voces is open to anyone interested in capturing something special about a loved one's life through the easy-to-use StoryCorps platform. Record your story in English or Spanish using the free StoryCorps Connect online video conferencing platform at www.storycorpsconnect.org.

5. Volunteer with AARP NY

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    We are looking for bi-lingual Spanish speakers interested in giving back to their community by sharing AARP resources and information.  As a bonus, we will feature a cooking demonstration by Private Chef Ronaldo Linares! Chef Ronaldo will show us how to prepare Chipotle BBQ Tacos -- You'll also hear about ways to make a difference in your community and the many volunteer opportunities at AARP!

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