The Diverse Elders Coalition Launches a Policy Report and Blog

Welcome to the Diverse Elders Coalition blog! The Diverse Elders Coalition is made up of seven leading national aging organizations and was founded in 2010 with the purpose of promoting federal policy solutions that enhance the quality of life for our country’s diverse aging communities.  The members of the Diverse Elders Coalition include: Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores; National Asian Pacific Center on Aging; National Caucus & Center on Black Aged, Inc.; National Hispanic Council on Aging; National Indian Council on Aging; Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders; and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. You can learn more about the Diverse Elders Coalition, including our history.... Read More

             

Diverse Elders Coalition to Hold Capitol Hill Briefing

If you’re in the Washington, DC area next Wednesday, join the Diverse Elders Coalition for a briefing on the economic issues, and proposed policy solutions, facing vulnerable older people, including Black elders; Hispanic elders; Asian and Pacific Islander elders; American Indian and Alaska Native elders; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders.

Securing Our Future: A Capitol Hill Briefing on Advancing Economic Security for Diverse Elders
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
10 am – 12 pm
Room SD-562, on the north side of the Capitol in the Dirksen Senate Office Building

             

Photos from Diverse Elders Coalition Capitol Hill Briefing

The congressional briefing hosted on July 25 by the Diverse Elders Coalition, held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, was a great success! Thank you to all who attended to hear more about out new policy report and issues facing our diverse elder communities. Here are a few photos from the briefing, taken by DC-based photographer Astrid Riecken. Enjoy!

             

Growing an Online Movement for Our Communities

The Diverse Elders Coalition came together in 2010 to imagine policy solutions that would improve the lives of elders of color and LGBT elders. Already, we have seen some advocacy wins and this summer we released a historic report on the economic security issues facing our communities.

Now we’re trying to grow our visibility and build a national online movement for diverse elders. Watch the video below and help us spread the word!

 

 

             

We are Re-launching On March 18!

The Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) was founded in 2010, and in July 2012 we launched our official website, which also serves as a news and commentary blog on the social, political and economic issues affecting the growing yet vulnerable demographic of elders who are Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT).In the last eight months, we have put out numerous posts on the issues that affect our communities and the creative ideas and best practices to address them. In the summer of 2012, we also released Securing Our Future: Advancing Economic Security for Diverse Elders, a resource that describes the issues facing elders of color and LGBT elders, who together will represent.... Read More

             

The Re-launch is here!

Two weeks ago, we announced that we would be re-launching the Diverse Elders Coalition Blog.  Read here to find out more.

We are thrilled that this day has finally come. As we previously promised, in addition to our regular contributing bloggers, we will have exciting guest bloggers.  We will also display our content in a variety of different ways (e.g., pictures, videos, interviews, Top 5 columns, etc.) And much more! Have a suggestion? Contact us.

You can bookmark this page or subscribe to our RSS feed to stay updated. Check back on Wednesday to read our latest post, courtesy of National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA). Until then, enjoy some highlights from.... Read More

             

Introducing the new National Coordinator of the Diverse Elders Coalition!

This June, the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) welcomed Bryan Pacheco as its new National Coordinator. As the DEC’s National Coordinator, Pacheco will work with the members of the coalition on its joint advocacy, policy and education strategies and priorities, as well as build awareness of the many issues facing elders of color and LGBT elders.

Founded in 2010, and comprising five national organizations representing millions of diverse older people, the DEC focuses on strengthening policies and programs to enhance the health and well-being of diverse elders, educating and connecting our older people and their loved ones to key policy debates on aging, and increasing public support for issues that affect our communities.

             

CALL FOR STORIES: Elders, healthcare and chronic conditions

StoryCorps, the national interview project affiliated with the Library of Congress and NPR, is looking for stories about elders and healthcare.

StoryCorps producers are hoping to speak with: Elders who are living with multiple chronic conditions who can talk about the complications of coordinating care (or family members/caregivers who can talk about the complications of caring for an elder in that situation). These stories are being recorded in partnership with Atlantic Philanthropies (AP). AP supports the work of both StoryCorps and the Diverse Elders Coalition. One of the stories will later be showcased on the Atlantic website to help bring attention to elders and their healthcare experiences.

             

Happy Anniversary, Medicare—Our Diverse Communities Need You

On July 30, Medicare turns 48. And for those 48 years, the program has been a lifeline for many older people across the United States, giving them access to necessary healthcare they might have otherwise not been able to afford or go without.

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It was President Lyndon Johnson who signed Medicare into law on July 30, 1965. Before the enactment of Medicare, only 50% of older people age 65+ had health insurance and 35% of Americans over 65 lived in poverty, compared to 17% of those under 65. Medicare was the solution to ensure that no older American would be denied quality healthcare despite an inability.... Read More

             

The Coalition that Changed the Aging Narrative

Today’s post is from Robert Espinoza, Senior Director for Public Policy and Communications at SAGE. Follow him on Twitter.

In December 2010, I took part in a first-time meeting of national aging organizations working with older people of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders.

Over time, this group would form a coalition focused on federal policy reform—the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC)—but what resonated in those initial meetings was a belief that we needed to sort through our individual interests, find multiple points of commonality, and employ a joint advocacy agenda that would profoundly change older people for generations to come.

We knew that a coalition approach was tactically smart; it leveraged our organizational resources and.... Read More

             
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