Paid Family Leave: The Struggle Continues!

This post originally appeared on the NHCOA blog. You can also read it in Spanish here.

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Families that don’t benefit from Paid Family Leave in the United States lose over $20 billion annually.

The Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 Report, conducted by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), found that 34.2 million Americans provided unpaid care for an adult aged 50 or older. Those who are forced to leave their jobs in absence of Family Paid Leave report a loss of at least $300,000 in wages and/or pensions.

For this reason, the.... Read More

             

National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. Receives $763,620 Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Randella Bluehouse, NICOA Executive Director
Phone: (505) 292-2001 Email: rbluehouse@NICOA.org

National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. Receives $763,620 Grant
Older adults to work, receive training, and assist local agencies serving the community

St. Paul, MN. (December 29, 2016) – The National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA) announced today that it was awarded a grant of $763,620 from Senior Service America, Inc. Almost 90 percent of this grant – originally from the U.S. Department of Labor – will provide temporary employment to at least 225 low-income older adults living in Dakota, Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Mower, Olmstead, Ramsey, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona Counties. These.... Read More

             

Promoting economic self-sufficiency among AAPI older workers

The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) was awarded $6,469,374 by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide critical job training and employment services through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) for five months from February to June 2017. With new general and set-aside grants, NAPCA is authorized to serve 1,601 training positions, which is an increase from 890 training positions in 2016. Starting in July 2017, NAPCA expects to receive approximately $15,526,498 annually for an additional three years.

IMG_2819Since 1989, NAPCA has fostered economic self-sufficiency among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) older workers through SCSEP. SCSEP.... Read More

             

We Need Paid Family Leave NOW

At least 43 million workers in the United States do not have access to any sick days in the workplace; many more cannot utilize paid sick time to care for their child or a family member. Everyone gets sick sometimes, or experiences the sickness of someone in their family, but not everyone can afford to take the time off that they may need. Only five states, 29 cities, and one county across the nation have paid sick time laws, and although this is an improvement from a few years ago when the idea of paid leave was rarely discussed, it is not nearly enough. No one should have to make the choice between caring for their.... Read More

             

Dreaming At Any Age

This article originally appeared in the Pacific Citizen.

Almost five years ago I retired from a 13-year job that I loved. It was time. And it was also frightening. Work gave me purpose and a place to belong. Would I find that same fulfillment now as a retired person? I had decided to write a book about my journey with my transgender son and also I seemed to be moving in the direction of becoming something I knew nothing about: an LGBTQ activist. Sometimes you just have to follow your heart and take a leap of faith. So that is what I did.

During these past five years, I have learned that my greatest power lies in being myself. I.... Read More

             

Making a Difference One Testimony at a Time

This post originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

United, we can make a difference! We can pass Universal Paid Leave for Washington, D.C.!

On February 11, 2016, it was my privilege to represent Washington D.C.’s Hispanic community in testifying at the public hearing for the Washington, D.C. Universal Paid Leave Act. I spoke about the critical importance of paid leave to all of the City’s families by providing people who work hard the time off they need to care for their families, whether they need time to care for a sick older adult or disabled family member or a child who needs time to bond or medical care. I mentioned that Hispanic families benefit greatly from paid leave because.... Read More

             

Supporting Diverse Older Women Seeking Jobs

I remember reading this article in the New York Times back in January – on New Year’s Day, no less; what a way to kick off 2016! – and thinking about the older women I’ve met and worked with at the Diverse Elders Coalition. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with elders at the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging and the Asian Counseling and Referral Services here in Seattle, and I was fortunate to observe a computer class at SAGE’s Midtown Manhattan Center in New York City when I visited their offices last year. In almost every instance, I heard about the bleak job-hunting prospects for diverse women over 50.

The.... Read More

             

The Time to Act is Now! United for Paid Family Leave

The time has come to make a change and support paid family leave for everyone. As President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanics older adults, their families, and caregivers, I will be testifying in a public hearing for the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Hispanic older adults face substantial challenges to aging in economic security and in the best possible health. Limited education and English speaking ability, combined with a lack of financial literacy, means that many Hispanics enter old age with little in the way of savings. In 2014, 80% of Hispanics lacked health insurance and.... Read More

             

SCSEP Success

Last year, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA), signed into law in July 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Over the past 50 years, the OAA has provided a national network of aging services and funding that helps older adults to live and thrive!

While the OAA is just one act, there are many services authorized to maintain the health and well-being of millions of seniors age 60 and older. Some of those vital services are home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, preventive health services, transportation, job training and elder abuse prevention.

Title V of the OAA authorizes community service employment and training opportunities. The Community Service Employment Program, also known as the Senior.... Read More

             
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