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Association of Iranian American Seniors established in Irvine, California

By Hossein Hosseini

Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday Season. As we get older and hopefully wiser, I wanted to share with you the creation of a new organization that caters to the growing number of Iranian American Seniors.  This organization is called "Association of Iranian American Seniors".  It is registered with the State of California and IRS as a non profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

Our purpose is simple: to help Iranian Seniors.  Many of us care about children and students, but to my knowledge, we have not paid enough attention to the older Iranians.  Frankly, sooner or later, we will all get old and this will be a great place for us to get together and help each other out.

How can you help?  You can help us by giving us ideas & suggestions, donations, and if you have skills that can benefit older people, you can give talks or arrange special classes for them in learning English, Computers, Medical topics, or any other topic that could benefit them.

For now, we need to help this organization grow. We just launched a new website called IAMSENIOR.ORG.  "I" stands for Iranian, "AM" stands for American:

Please feel free to share your ideas and suggestions.  You can also donate online using this link, all your donations are tax deductible, our IRS Tax ID is: 27-2067409


THE NEED:  Over 30 years has passed since the massive migration of Iranians to America. Those of us who left our home land in our 20's, 30's or 40's are soon approaching our 'senior' or 'retirement' age. The purpose of the Association of Iranian American Seniors (AIAS) is to create a platform so this segment of our society can use their experience and knowledge to get connected with each other and help our community at-large.

Our Mission: Association of Iranian American Seniors (AIAS) connects experienced 50+ Iranian American professionals with each other and the community by creating  opportunities that challenge them to use their lifetime skills for the public good. Our ultimate goal is to bring fulfillment to the lives of Iranian American seniors and to strengthen the institutions, the communities and the populations we serve.

Mrs. Massy Alavi

Our History: The inspiration for creating an Iranian American senior organization came from Mrs. Massy Alavi, an Iranian senior citizen herself, who was deeply engaged in social work helping the  elderly. She was struck by the lack of post-retirement public service opportunities for the rising wave of elderly who migrated from Iran with their children. She resolved in August 2006 to create a group helping these elderly Iranians.  She named her group Nasl-e-Deerooz-e-Iran  (NEDA for short)  translated as Yesterday's Generation of Iran. NEDA has been active since then operating at the Irvine Senior Center catering to mostly 65+ Iranian Americans grand parents.


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