New Report: LGBT Older Adults Face Unique Challenges to Successful Aging

    The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and SAGE have just released a report, Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults, which aims to increase awareness of the diverse needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) elders across the country. The report offers a comprehensive look into the experiences of LGBT elders, highlighting the challenges they face across a wide range of topics from health care to financial security and community support, and their resilience in the face of these challenges.

    As America’s population rapidly ages (the number of people over 65 will double by 2050) so too do LGBT adults. Currently, there are more than 2.7 million LGBT adults aged.... Read More

                 

    Sexuality and Sexual Health Among Older Adults

    by Nicolás Peña, National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA). This post originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2016), it is expected that by the year 2033 the population of older adults will outnumber people younger than 18 in the United States. With the life expectancy of older adults increasing, we must continue educating and informing this population on maintaining a healthy quality of life. Many older adults continue to be independent, expressing their basic needs, and engaging in and enjoying sexual relationships.

    Aging is a natural process of life, and it is normal for the body to go through physiological and emotional changes, such as cognitive loss, and even higher vulnerability.... Read More

                 

    Disrupting Silos: Combating Ageism and Xenophobia

    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.

    This post originally appeared on the India Home blog.

    Last month, India Home participated in the 2017 South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) Summit in Washington, DC. India Home Deputy Director Lakshman Kalasapudi and Case Manager Afroditi Shah Panna joined over 300 activists, organizations, students, and community members from.... Read More

                 

    Eun Jeong Lee and NAPCA are Providing Job Training, Community Service, and Support for AAPI Elders

    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month! At the Diverse Elders Coalition, we try to lift up the stories of AAPI elders every month of the year, but we are especially interested this month in highlighting the work of AAPI advocates. We interviewed Eun Jeong Lee, the National SCSEP Director at the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA). Read on to learn about NAPCA, SCSEP, and what Eun Jeong is doing to support workforce readiness for AAPI older adults.

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    I was born in Incheon, South Korea and lived there until I moved to the United States at age 30 to get.... Read More

                 

    Pull Up a Chair to the SAGE Table this Thursday!

    This Thursday, May 18th, SAGE and AARP are bringing together LGBT people and allies of all ages to share a meal in a new initiative called SAGE Table. The program is designed to bring people together to share food and experiences and to create connections among generations. Several members of the Diverse Elders Coalition will be participating at SAGE Table sites around the country, and we wanted to share this promotional video from SAGE to encourage you to sign up to host or join a SAGE Table where you live! 

    SAGE fights for LGBT elders, and there is a missing link: YOU!

    SAGE Table is a one-day event that asks different generations of the LGBT.... Read More

                 

    Community Healing and Intergenerational Support: An Interview with Nkauj Iab Yang of SEARAC

    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and we want to use this opportunity to highlight some of the amazing work that our member organizations are doing on behalf of AAPI elders. We spoke with Nkauj Iab Yang, the California Director of Policy and Programs at the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). When Nkauj Iab was hired in 2016, she wrote a beautiful blog post about her family and her heritage. Now, we talk with Nkauj Iab about her work with SEARAC and some of the challenges facing AAPI older adults today.

    What is your role with SEARAC?
    My title is the California.... Read More

                 

    Congress Cuts Funding for Two Senior Programs

    by Howard Bedlin, Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy for the National Council on Aging (NCOA). This article originally appeared on the NCOA blog.

    Last week, Congress approved a final fiscal year 2017 (FY17) appropriations bill that will keep the government funded through Sept. 30—but with significant cuts to two critical programs for seniors.

    The bipartisan funding package is a strong indicator of which programs will face even deeper cuts when Congress turns its attention to FY18 funding this summer.

    Here’s a run-down of winners and losers for FY17. Download our funding table for a complete.... Read More

                 

    What do South Asian Elders in NYC Want?

    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.

    As one of the only non-profits in New York city serving Indian, Pakistani, Indo-Caribbean, and Bangladeshi older adults, India Home recently undertook a survey of Bangladeshi elders the organization serves at its Desi Senior Center in Jamaica in order to gain an objective understanding of their needs. In the past the organization has commissioned reports such as.... Read More

                 

    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.... Read More

                 
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