SAGECare Teaches Elder Care Providers the Importance of Fostering a Welcoming Community

by Sally Abrahms for AARP Livable Communities. This post originally appeared on the AARP website.

Many organizations and service providers that work with older adults don’t have much experience with older people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. As a result, when older adults who are LGBT fear or encounter discrimination, or receive subpar treatment from health and elder care providers, it can lead them to avoid medical care or hide their sexual orientation or gender identity.

That’s troublesome for both individuals and society-at-large since an estimated three million LGBT adults in the United States are now age 65 or older, and that number is expected to double by 2030.

In 2010, the nonprofit Services.... Read More

             

“On The Table” Offers Chicago’s LGBT Elders a Seat at the Table

On the Table is an annual forum designed to increase conversations around civic engagement among residents and organizations.  This gathering fosters new relationships and creates a unified experience across the city and region.

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As thousands gathered in Chicago, I joined a group of great folks brought together by AARP to discuss the intersectionality of aging and LGBT identity. Our table of community members and organizational representatives openly shared the celebrations and challenges of aging as an LGBT person, some of which I discussed in a previous Diverse Elders Coalition blog. We also identified.... Read More

             

The Beginning of Healthy Aging: Take Action

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Older adults in the U.S. face many challenges to healthy aging, including getting adequate nutrition and exercise. Today, over 13% of the total population in the United States is 65 years and older. Older adults in the U.S. have the greatest limitations of any group in terms of exercise and are at higher risk of malnutrition and undernourishment. Hispanic older adults face even greater challenges than the larger older adult population in terms of fitness and nutrition. They often live in communities that do not have spaces fit to exercise in and have lower fixed monthly incomes than the larger population..... Read More

             

Caregiving in the Filipino American Community: This is How We Do It

“If you were from, where I’m from, then you would know.”- Montell Jordan

Immigrant culture in the United States, by virtue of taking one’s homeland culture to a new location in the context of a new culture, entails some degree of cultural sharing. For Filipinos in the United States, this has resulted in a vibrant new “Filipino American culture” that borrows from new and old to create a unique new entity. It also creates some challenges as those familiar with old ways must adapt to new environments.

These cultural conflicts and confluences are revealed no more clearly perhaps than in the very personal journey of caregiving for a loved one as they age. For older people who grew up in.... Read More