In case you missed the December edition of our Common Threads newsletter, here are some highlights from the Diverse Elders Coalition in 2016! Subscribe to our newsletter here, and read on to learn more about what we achieved for diverse older adults this year:
It has been a year of ups and downs for our communities and the policies that impact aging within those communities. This edition of our Common Threads newsletter takes a look back at the work the Diverse Elders Coalition did in 2016 and renews our commitment to supporting diverse elders in 2017 and beyond. Read on for more!
Strong leaders and leadership are the cornerstone of success. Great leaders set the direction, build an innovative and inspiring vision, align others with that vision, and mobilize their team to make impact. They have the ability to change the world.
The American Society on Aging (ASA) recently held their annual Aging in America Conference in Washington D.C. There were over 3,000 attendees from across the country learning about how to better serve and promote quality of life for older adults. As the field of aging transforms, ASA has a particular focus on cultivating a new generation of leaders. The ASA Leadership Institute is a five-day experience that offers individuals the opportunity to grow through a series of.... Read More
Getting In The Game at the 2016 Aging in America Conference
The Diverse Elders Coalition and its five member organizations had a large presence at this year’s Aging in America Conference, which wrapped up last week in Washington, DC. Coincidentally, aging issues in America got a boost at the same time, as the U.S. House of Representatives took a critical vote on the Older Americans Act. While it was exciting to be in the same space as thousands of other people in the aging network while this major legislative hurdle was passed, the conference itself offered reminders of how much work there is still left to do to make sure diverse elders and their needs are being served.
With over 21 sessions, the DEC and its member.... Read More
The 2016 Aging in America Conference: Bringing the Diverse Elders Coalition Together
Washington, DC, is a beautiful city this time of year. While we haven’t quite hit the peak time for the annual cherry blossoms to be in bloom, the weather is just beginning to turn to spring and the greenery is just beginning to come out from its winter hibernation. As a longtime resident of the District, I always appreciate springtime and look especially forward to the many conferences and local events that bring friends and colleagues into town to take advantage of both the beauty the city has to offer, and the unique role we play as the nation’s capital.
by Tim Johnston, Assistant Director of Social Enterprise and Training, and Sherrill Wayland, Manager of National Projects, at SAGE.
Sometimes it feels like every time we turn around, somebody is talking about working at the grassroots level. From grassroots education and political organizing to crowdsourcing and the hive mind, focusing on grassroots engagement is certainly popular, but what does it really mean, and why is it useful?
To us, grassroots engagement means engaging and supporting a diffuse and diverse network of volunteers; in particular, folks who are outside of our professional and personal networks. Here’s an example: we manage the largest LGBT aging provider training program in the United States. It’s our job to make sure that people all across.... Read More
Using Visual Media to Celebrate and Support our Native Elders
At this year’s Aging in America Conference in Washington, DC (March 20-24), the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) will have two posters on display in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Exhibit Hall A. A poster session is a great opportunity for conference participants to take in information at their own pace and get a more in-depth understanding of some of the issues being discussed during other conference workshops or panels. Additionally, the posters’ creators and sponsoring organizations often take questions and discuss the posters during set times throughout the conference so you can learn more about their creation and content.
NICOA will have two posters available for viewing during this year’s conference: Contributing Factors to American.... Read More
Join the Diverse Elders Coalition at this year’s Aging in America Conference
The Diverse Elders Coalition and all five of our coalition members will be in attendance at the 2016 Aging in America Conference, March 20th through the 24th in Washington, DC. This is one of our favorite annual events, not only because it is one of the biggest in the nation, bringing together policy experts, advocates, and elders to discuss the state of aging research and policy, but also because it’s one of the few opportunities for all of the DEC staff – who are spread across the United States – to be in the same room. As a coalition, we value these connections with our communities – including the members of our own organizations! – and.... Read More
The 2015 Aging in America Conference: First Time Experiences and Diverse Perspectives
The 2015 Aging in America Conference wraps up today in Chicago, IL. This week has provided a unique opportunity for the Diverse Elders Coalition and its members to share their work and connect with thousands of other participants from around the country working on issues of concern for elders. As a first time attendee, I was particularly impressed with (and maybe a bit overwhelmed by) the size and scope of the conference.
I kicked off the conference on the first day with a morning session talking about HIV/AIDS as part of an inter-generational dialogue entitled “Being Gay Ain’t What it Used to Be” with my colleague and friend, Read More
The Diverse Elders Coalition and its five coalition member organizations will all be represented at this year’s Aging in America Conference. In the weeks leading up to the conference, we will be sharing blog posts from coalition members who are presenting or attending ASA, and what it means to them. This week’s post comes from Aaron Tax, JD, Director of Federal Government Relations at SAGE.
In approximately one week, I will be heading to the American Society on Aging convention in Chicago to present on, among other things, HIV/aging, along with HIV and aging experts Mark Brennan-Ing, Richard Gollance, Ron Swanda, and Ben de Guzman of the Diverse Elders Coalition. The.... Read More
Advocating for Diverse Elders at the 2015 Aging in America Conference
The Diverse Elders Coalition will be representing our constituents and communities at the 2015 Aging in America Conference, held March 23-27 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL. This annual event is open to the public and brings together colleagues and leaders from around the nation, allowing participants to learn from world-changing leaders in the field of aging and grow their skills, knowledge and impact in order to bring better services and products to the aging population.
All five of the Diverse Elders Coalition member organizations are represented in multiple panels throughout the conference, including our symposium: The Moment Is Now: Improving the Health and Wellness of Diverse Older Adults..... Read More