by Leland Kiang, LICSW. Leland is the Information & Referral Manager at IONA Senior Services in Washington, DC. IONA supports people as they experience the challenges and opportunities of aging by educating, advocating, and providing community-based services to help people age well and live well. This post originally appeared the IONA website.
No matter your party affiliation, this election may have inspired you to get more involved in the political process. And why shouldn’t you? Like it or not, the federal government directly impacts each of our lives through programs as diverse as education to veterans’ benefits.
Federal laws dictate what Medicare covers, how much Social Security pays.... Read More
Are you aging in America? Then join us at Aging in America!
Two weeks from today, the Diverse Elders Coalition will be headed to Chicago, IL for the annual Aging in America conference. Each year, the coalition and our five member organizations attend this conference — organized by the American Society on Aging — to talk about issues of aging in communities of color, American Indian/Alaska Native communities, and LGBT communities. We really value the opportunity to present our work and represent diverse elders at this week-long event, the largest multidisciplinary conference covering issues of aging and quality of life for older adults. All too often, our communities are.... Read More
Advocating for AAPIs in State and Federal Governments
February 23, 2017 was a busy day for the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) and an important day for making the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) heard. Dr. Wesley Lum, President and CEO of NAPCA, spoke at the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) Congressional Briefing in Washington D.C., while NAPCA staff attended the annual Asian Pacific Island Coalition AAPI Washington State Legislative Day. Both events centred on the steps that need to be taken to address the unique needs of a culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse AAPI community.
The future of the United States is diverse. By 2050, nearly one in five Americans will be an immigrant, and the non-Hispanic white population will increase more slowly than other racial and ethnic groups.
The future of the United States is also one of an aging population. In that same time frame, the number of adults 65+ will double to 84 million. By 2056, the number of older adults in this country will actually be greater than the number of people 18 and younger.
The changing face of our nation is one of the reasons why the Diverse Elders Coalition was formed, and the stories of diverse older adults is what brought us to Washington, DC last Thursday for the.... Read More
Diverse Elders Speak Up About Aging Needs in Our Communities
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Diverse Elders Speak Up About Aging Needs in Our Communities Washington, DC – February 24, 2017
On Thursday, February 23, the Diverse Elders Coalition released their new report, “Aging with Health and Dignity: Diverse Elders Speak Up,” in a standing room only congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. The report synthesizes the nearly 5,000 comments from older adults and their allies that were submitted to the Diverse Elders Coalition in 2016. These comments and the new report detail the challenges and resiliencies of American Indian/Alaska Native elders; Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian elders; Black and African American elders; Hispanic and Latino.... Read More
Diverse Elders to Educate Congress About Aging Needs in Our Communities
Diverse Elders to Educate Congress About Aging Needs in Our Communities Washington, DC – February 23, 2017
On Thursday, February 23, the Diverse Elders Coalition will release their new report, “Aging with Health and Dignity: Diverse Elders Speak Up,” at a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. The report details the challenges and resiliencies of American Indian/Alaska Native elders; Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian elders; Black and African American elders; Hispanic and Latino elders; and LGBTQ elders, communities with unique needs that are often ignored in mainstream policy discussions around aging.
In 2016, the Diverse Elders Coalition collected nearly.... Read More
Nothing About Us Without Us: Bringing the Needs of Southeast Asian American Elders to Capitol Hill
The comments elevated the voices of our Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, and Vietnamese elders, whose stories are largely unknown or misunderstood by policymakers. Nearly all (98%) Southeast Asian Americans over the age of 55 were born outside the US, and between.... Read More
African American Elders are Black History and Black Future
At the Diverse Elders Coalition, we strive to lift up the stories and experiences of the communities we serve not just during their designated History or Heritage Months, but all year long. That said, Black History Month is a time when the stories of our Black elders are at the forefront of the nation’s consciousness, and we are thrilled to highlight the needs, the challenges, and the resiliencies of those communities.
Many of today’s Black elders risked their lives and courageously led the movement to fight racial inequality and bestow upon us the many freedoms we enjoy today. The 1950s and 1960s were turbulent moments in U.S. history—a time when racial segregation and discrimination were at the epicenter.... Read More
Join us in DC to Speak Up About Aging in Our Communities
The need for the voices of diverse elders is more apparent than ever before. With the introduction of each new piece of legislation that threatens older adults in this country — such as the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and immigration policies that will separate families and caregivers — it becomes even more important for us to speak up, tell our stories, and push back against policies that will devastate our communities.
Join us! On Thursday, February 23rd at 10am EST, the Diverse Elders Coalition will be hosting a Congressional Briefing in Washington, DC to release our new report, “Aging with Health and Dignity: Diverse Elders Speak Up.” This report is based on the nearly 5,000 comments.... Read More
Earlier this month, a record number of ethnically diverse congressional representatives were sworn into the 115th Congress. Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) congressional members reached an all-time record of eighteen Representatives and Senators, up from fourteen AAPI members in the 114th Congress.
Judy Chu, a Representative from the 27th Congressional District of Southern California, is the Chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). Following the election, Rep. Chu noted that the increasing number of AAPI congressional members “serve as a testament to the growing political influence of the AAPI community and the diversity we represent.” CAPAC was established in 1994 with the purpose of ensuring that US Congress provides full participation, addresses the contributions, and.... Read More