2019 SCHA Awards
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Position: Latino Program Coordinator
Organization: Alzheimer's Orange County
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Norma Castellano graduated from Central University in Quito -Ecuador with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Norma has over 20 years of experience working in communities with low income families, adults and children’s. She began working at Alzheimer’s Orange County formerly know as Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter in 2003 supporting the Latino Program, including helpline, working directly with the family care givers and the community through Education.
Recognition and Awards:
Woman of the Year Recognition-awarded by the office of Senator Lou Correa 2008
The Senior Care Humanitarian Award 2011
2016 Santa Ana LULAC Hispanic Woman of the year Award for Public Service
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Norma has a heart for serving others. Being a full time caregiver is one of the most demanding jobs anyone could have. She truly wishes that the wider community understood the true value of caregivers.She’s committed to improve the quality of life of all families and loved one’s affected by Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. She is so grateful of reaching out the Latino Community and educating on what services are available to the families, thus reducing stress and burnout of Latino Caregivers to help improve their overall health.Norma contributes to the delivery of the programs and services to the Latino Community through collaboration with different organizations and community partners, like the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana, hospitals, community clinics, Latino supermarkets among others to bring awareness and education to the Latino community. Norma is leading support groups for patients and their families; implementing large educational conferences and community events.She works tirelessly every year to raise funds dedicated to pay for respite care so caregivers can attend different events and workshops throughout the year so they can be informed and supported as they care for their loved one.