National Native American Heritage Month

    This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

    National Native American Heritage Month is a time to recognize the histories, invaluable contributions and livelihood of American Indian and Alaska Native people in the United States. It is an opportunity to educate the general public about tribes, their cultures, traditions and languages. Use this time to highlight the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and presently, as well as the ways in which tribal citizens have overcome these challenges.

    One of the earliest proponents of a day honoring American Indians was Dr. Arthur Caswell Parker,.... Read More

                 

    Opportunity for People with Lived Experiences To Improve Treatment and Services for Substance Use Disorders

                 

    Join a Focus Group!

    Community Catalyst and Faces & Voices of Recovery are looking for people to participate in focus groups to help improve treatment and services.

    What is the purpose of the groups?
    The groups will discuss what results people want most from treatment and services. The information shared will influence future research and action to improve recovery outcomes.... Read More

                 

    Cultural competence is the key to trust and respect between clients and direct care workers

    Dear Colleague,

    Resources for Integrated Care (RIC) has developed a series of briefs, described and linked below, to help long-term services and support (LTSS) providers, administrators, and other stakeholders, support a diverse direct care workforce that can meet the cultural needs and preferences of dually eligible beneficiaries. These resources contain information and promising practices related to organizational cultural competence in LTSS provider settings, training culturally competent direct care workers, and recruiting and retaining a diverse direct care workforce.

    Click here to access the direct care workforce briefs.

    Nearly.... Read More

                 

    Imani Woody: Building a Home for LGBTQ Older Adults

    by Grace Birnstengel. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.

    Imani Woody’s father left her his home in Washington, D.C. — the one she grew up in ­— when he died in 2010. Faced with the decision of what to do with the house, Woody, a lifelong activist for women, people of color and the LGBGQ community, chose to renovate the house and turn it into the first of hopefully many locations of Mary’s House (named for her late mother). It’s an affordable independent living community for older adults targeting the cultural and relational needs of LGBTQ.... Read More

                 

    Caregivers Need Support for their Diverse Needs

    by Scott Bane, Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation. This article originally appeared on The John A. Hartford Foundation’s “What We’re Learning” blog.

    Dear Colleagues—

    Family caregivers provide an estimated $470 billion in unpaid care each year. All family caregivers need more support, but the diverse needs of family caregivers have not been fully appreciated. Thanks to research supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation, we’re learning a lot more about the diversity of family caregivers in this country and how we can better support them.

    Family caregivers are represented in all races, ethnicities, ages, sexualities, gender.... Read More

                 

    Perla Rosales-Garay, M.D., Inspires Her Community Through Exercise and Alzheimer’s Education

    This article originally appeared on the Alzheimer’s Association website.

    Dr. Perla Rosales-Garay began working at The University of California in 1997, promoting health and nutrition for people living with diabetes. Today she dedicates her time to her patients and to children and older adults in the Hispanic/Latino community, providing free educational classes that focus on healthy living.

    In the community of South Bay, San Diego, Dr. Rosales was teaching the Hispanic/Latino population about nutrition, working to educate her neighbors about how to prevent coronary heart disease and hypertension. “When I started teaching a painting course, I incorporated nutritional education through the products we snacked on during the class. I found that this simple act promoted eating.... Read More

                 

    Chinese Elders Face Hurdles to Settle in America

    by Bella Chen. This article originally appeared in Sampan Newspaper. To read this story in Chinese, click here.

    Imagine this: You live where you were born and raised for almost 30 years. You have a comfortable life with your wife, your child and your parents in your own house. You heard your neighbor hopped on the boat to America to start a business there. You hear about the American Dream: A place that you could make more money and where you could give your family a better life. You want to go, but people say how it is risky to give up your properties for a place far from home. You don’t.... Read More

                 

    NAPCA 40 for 40 Spotlight: Li Yi Li

    The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) was founded 40 years ago on November 1, 1979 to address the divide between AAPI elderly and the services they were entitled to. In 40 years, NAPCA has directly served tens of thousands of AAPI elders and indirectly provided assistance to approximately 100,000 more.

    To celebrate this milestone, NAPCA is releasing 40 stories of their staff, constituents, and partners to celebrate the impact that NAPCA has had on AAPI older adults across the country. This week, we highlight Li Yi Li, a participant of NAPCA’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). For more stories, visit https://www.napca.org/40-for-40/.

    Li Yi, coming from China, shares her transition to.... Read More

                 

    2020 Census Overlooks Caregivers

    by Kayla Sawyer. This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

    The 2020 Census fails to ask two important questions that affect more than 43.5 million Americans. The missing questions address whether a U.S. resident is a caregiver for an adult family member or a disabled child and whether a resident is receiving care from a family member.

    Although the 2020 Census does include questions about grandparents caring for their grandchildren (up to age 18) in their homes, there’s no Census Bureau on family caregivingAccording to estimates.... Read More

                 

    The Movement For Indigenous Peoples’ Day

    This content was originally published by NPR. Click here to listen to the Latino USA podcast.

    In the U.S., the second Monday in October is reserved for Columbus Day, in honor of the Italian navigator Christopher Columbus.

    But not everyone is on board with celebrating Columbus. His colonization of the “new world” led to the bloodshed of Indigenous people and while he did arrive to the Americas, he never set foot in North America. So how did this federal holiday in the U.S. come to be?

    Over the past few decades, there has been a growing local movement in cities and states throughout the country, to officially replace the federal holiday of Columbus Day with a.... Read More

                 
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