April 2010. Four organizations that later help found the Diverse Elders Coalition meet with the Administration on Aging to discuss the issues facing diverse older people nationwide, including older adults who are poor and low-income; people of color; American Indian and Alaska Native; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender.
September 2010. As part of the National Hispanic Council on Aging’s national conference in Washington, DC, NCBA, NHCOA, SAGE and SEARAC hold a joint legislative briefing to discuss how reauthorization of the Older Americans Act can help improve supports for older people in our communities.
October 2010. NHCOA, SEARAC and SAGE launch a joint community education and engagement project on Social Security, helping ensure an often marginalized voice in the public debate on Social Security.
November 2010. In the midst of President Obama’s Bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and the looming release of a controversial plan that could jeopardize the future of Social Security, the Diverse Elders Coalition issues a series of media releases about the program’s importance to diverse older people.
December 2010. The members of the Diverse Elders Coalition meet for the first time as a coalition, at the headquarters of the National Caucus & Center on Black Aged in Washington, DC. At this historic meeting, the Coalition discusses the urgency of the political moment, as well as the common issues and key differences among our various communities. The coalition continues to meet on a regular basis.
April 2011. Members of the Diverse Elders Coalition work with the Leadership Council of Aging Organization on its official “Consensus Recommendations for the 2011 Older Americans Act Reauthorization,” to include eight recommendations specific to LGBT elders, as well as racially and ethnically diverse elders, and older adults with HIV/AIDS.
“As the backbone of our nation’s support system for older adults, it is essential that a reauthorized Older Americans Act recognizes and addresses the needs of all elders. The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations’ consensus document brings to the forefront the unique and special needs of an elder population that is growing in both numbers and diversity.” —Sandra Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), in response to the 2011 consensus document from LCAO
June 2011. In June, the National Prevention Council releases its National Prevention Strategy, integrating various recommendations offered by the DEC to make the strategy more age-inclusive, eliminate health disparities and integrate cultural competent approaches to improve the health of our aging communities.
October 2011. The Diverse Elders Coalition leads a panel on diversity and aging at the Grantmakers in Aging Annual Conference in McLean, Virginia.
June 2012. The Diverse Elders Coalition and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development release a historic report, “Securing Our Future: Advancing Economic Security for Elders of Color, American Indian and Native Alaskan Elders, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Elders.” As part of the report release, members of the DEC work with Grantmakers in Aging to host a special webinar for U.S. foundations interested in these issues.
July 2012. The Diverse Elders Coalition launches its official website, which also serves as a news and commentary blog on the social, political and economic issues affecting older people who are poor and low-income, people of color, American Indian and Alaska Native, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender.