Latino Seniors Have a Rising ‘Hip’ Problem

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    By Jackie Edwards, Contributing Writer, SaludToday.com. This post originally appeared on SaludToday.

    Did you know more than 300,000 people over age 65 are hospitalized for hip fractures every year?

    hip fractureHip fractures have steadily declined over the years. But a California study showed that fractures among Latinas doubled since 1983. In Latino men, reported annual incidents have increased by 4.2%.

    Nationally, Latinos are at an intermediate risk.... Read More

                 

    Connecting Diverse Elders with Programs to Help with Costs of Living

    This week, members of the Diverse Elders Coalition are attending and presenting at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) benefits enrollment conference in Washington, DC. We want to ensure that diverse elders have access to the programs that improve aging in our communities. Read on for information about a valuable tool from NCOA called BenefitsCheckUp®: An Online Tool to Help Older Adults on Fixed Incomes. And if you need access to BenefitsCheckUp in languages other than English, please contact us.

    Are you an older adult living on a fixed income? Do you sometimes struggle to pay all of your bills in a month? There’s an online tool that can help! BenefitsCheckUp® (www.BenefitsCheckUp.org) can.... Read More

                 

    Fighting for Our Lives – Again!

    by Hank Trout. Hank is a 63-year-old gay writer and a 27-year long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS. He has lived in San Francisco since 1980, for the last 12 years with his fiancé Rick. Since January 2016 he has been a Contributing Writer and Columnist for A&U: America’s AIDS Magazine, contributing features, book and art reviews, and a bi-monthly column “For the Long Run,” in which he addresses the issues faced by surviving members of the AIDS Generation. You can read more of Hank’s writing at http://www.hanktrout.wrestlerswob.com.

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    Recently, I marched with thousands of.... Read More

                 

    Culturally Competent Care for South Asian Seniors in New York City

    by Meera Venugopal, Communications and Development Manager for India Home, Inc. India Home is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of the Indian and larger South Asian senior citizen immigrant community. Started in 2007 by a group of healthcare professionals, India Home provides social, psychological, recreational, and spiritual services in a culturally sensitive environment. For more information, visit www.indiahome.org.

    India Home, which is an organization that serves South Asian seniors at its five centers in Queens, New York has had success getting its older adult clients to improve their health by using culturally competent methods. The positive change in attitudes toward disease management and healthy eating was brought about through the organization’s ongoing and successful partnership with New.... Read More

                 

    Ending the Disparate Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on African Americans

    monroe-233x300by Stephanie Johnson Monroe, Director of the African American Network Against Alzheimer’s. This article originally appeared on the LEAD Coalition website. The LEAD Coalition is a diverse and growing national coalition of more than 90 member organizations committed to overcoming Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. To learn more, click here.

    African Americans experiencing health disparities is not new. In fact, according to former Surgeon General of the United States and Honorary Chair of the African American Network Against Alzheimer’s, Dr. David Satcher, race based health disparities in the United States are both “pervasive and persistent,”.... Read More

                 

    Leaning On Each Other: A Story and Call to Action from a Former Case Manager

    pvv-headshotby Preston Van Vliet, National Campaign Organizer of the LGBTQ Work-Family Project, a joint initiative with A Better Balance and Family Values @ Work. You can reach him at LGBTQorganizing@gmail.com.

    “How’s that jade plant doing?” Joe* asked me as we sat down at his kitchen table for our weekly visit. “You said you put it in a westward facing window, right? It should be getting way more light than mine do.” He gestured toward his patio door where cactuses, orchids, jade plants, and an avocado plant were growing on a bench he.... Read More

                 

    They Fought for the U.S. in Laos. Now Many Older Hmong Fight Depression.

    by Alice Daniel. Alice reported this story for KQED public radio’s statewide “California Report,” as part of a Journalists in Aging Fellowship supported by New America Media, the Gerontological Society of America and the Silver Century Foundation. This story was first published by New America Media.

    Click to hear the radio report of this story.

    Dia Yang is a cultural broker at the Fresno Center for New Americans. She helps Southeast Asian refugees acclimate to the United States.

    On this rainy day, she’s working with a dozen older Hmong men and women who find life in America really hard.

    Yang instructs them in a crafts activity: decorating little paper gift boxes to fill with chocolate and.... Read More

                 

    Let’s Talk LGBT Aging at the 2017 Aging in America Conference!

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults face a number of challenges when it comes to aging, including harassment and discrimination, increased poverty rates, high un- and underemployment rates, and more. The team at SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) is participating in a number of workshops and panel discussions at this year’s Aging in America Conference, March 20-24 in Chicago, IL. Check out some of the highlights below, and for a complete listing of all of the Diverse Elders Coalition presentations at ASA, click here for our AiA17 flyer.

    Monday, March 20th:

    12:30pm – 2pm: Innovative Community Responses to LGBTQ Aging – Despite their increased experiences of discrimination, the voices and faces of LGBT older adults are notably.... Read More
                 

    Your Digital Mission: How Social Technology Can Advance Your Organization

    by Bryce Kirchoff, Director of Audience Development for Next Avenue. Next Avenue is public media’s first and only national journalism service for America’s booming older population. Bryce will be presenting on a panel alongside Jenna McDavid of the Diverse Elders Coalition at this year’s Aging in America conference. For more information on the conference, click here

    More than 40 million people have visited nextavenue.org since we launched five years ago. While many aspects of life have changed since then, the mission of Next Avenue remains the same: We unleash the potential of older Americans through digital media. Central to Next Avenue’s service — and success — is a recognition of the diverse needs, challenges and opportunities.... Read More

                 

    Q&A About the ACA for Diverse Elders

    With the confirmation of Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), diverse elders may have more questions than ever about the future of the Affordable Care Act. The Diverse Elders Coalition will make protecting healthcare access a priority in the coming months, and as we learn more about the fate of the ACA, we will communicate that on our blog and social media.

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    In the meantime, here are some questions and answers about the Affordable Care Act and where things stand right now. If you have additional questions, please reach out to the health navigators.... Read More

                 
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