Im Ja Choi Memorial: Mourners pay tribute in defense of Asian American seniors

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Hundreds of people turned out for a memorial service honoring a famous advocate for Asian American seniors.

Im Ja Choi passed away last month.

She founded Penn Asian Senior Services in 2004 when she could not find a Korean-speaking caregiver for her mother.

Today, the organization provides home health care to hundreds of Asian seniors in nearly two dozen languages.

“Miss Im Ja Choi was taken from all of us too soon. She had so much left to contribute, so many ways to continue to advocate for and serve the elderly in Greater Philadelphia and beyond,” said Ken Yang, executive director of Penn Asian. Services for seniors.

She also opened an adult daycare center for immigrants with language and cultural barriers, a vocational school for entry-level Asian healthcare workers, and a community center for seniors.

All of these services are located at East Oak Lane.

Im Ja Choi was 73 years old.

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