It’s a Friday morning, and the Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center in Flushing, Queens is bustling with activity.
In one room, around two-dozen Asian seniors are practicing tai chi. Nearby, another group rehearses an opera, their voices rising above the reedy twang of traditional Chinese instruments.
But Jane Qiu, the program director here, says Selfhelp’s seniors weren’t always so engaged.
“By observation, I can see some members, when they came here, were so sad and just crying,” Qiu says. “And now they are just involved in all activities, smiling. You can see their faces here, just fewer couch potatoes.”
After 11 years of economic expansion, the difference in unemployment rates between black and white older workers is at a historic low—just 1.1 percentage points apart. Black workers usually suffer from much higher rates of unemployment than whites, so the small gap between the two racial groups is good news (the gap between black and white men is usually larger than the gap between black and white women—for this period the men’s gap was 1.5 percentage points, while the women’s gap was just .7 of a percentage point). But the good news about a small racial unemployment rate gap likely is temporary, and history shows the racial gap in joblessness will grow in the next.... Read More
What’s At Stake In Trump Promise To Roll Back ACA Nondiscrimination Rule?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a groundbreaking nondiscrimination provision known as Section 1557, or the “Health Care Rights Law,” which serves as the first federal law to prohibit sex discrimination in health care. Section 1557 is critical to protecting women and LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in health care. Unfortunately, Section 1557 is not immune from ongoing efforts to sabotage the ACA: The Trump Administration indicated that it intends to roll back or repeal parts of the rule that the Obama administration issued in 2016 implementing Section 1557.
What is Section 1557 and how did the Obama rule interpret it?
LGBT and Dementia – a new issues brief developed by the Alzheimer’s Association and SAGE outlines the unique challenges facing LGBT older adults living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their caregivers. The brief outlines the unique issues that arise when Alzheimer’s disease, sexual orientation, and gender identification and expression intersect, allowing advocates and care providers to better meet the needs of LGBT elders and their caregivers facing dementia.
“Living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia is not easy for anyone,” said Sam Fazio, Ph.D., director of quality care and psychosocial research, Alzheimer’s Association. “But LGBT individuals can often face additional challenges that need to be considered and addressed to ensure this population.... Read More
For Older Women, Domestic Abuse Often Isn’t Physical
by Jess Stonefield. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.
“Well — he doesn’t hit me.”
It’s a phrase I hear when talking to older women through Humble Warrior, a free compassionate listening service aimed at providing support to those in distress. While the women recognize they are miserable in their marriages, they often believe that if they aren’t being hit, they have no legitimate reason to leave. Somewhere along the line, they’ve come to accept that emotional, verbal and financial abuse are just part of the marital package. To be honest — it’s hard to blame them.
Indeed, for many older women, domestic abuse is still a relatively new concept. The majority did not see physical.... Read More
by Monica Speight. This post originally appeared on the SEARAC blog.
Protect Southeast Asian Americans’ rights to be counted and seen
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that he has directed the Census Bureau to add an untested and unnecessary citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau is now taking public comments to inform the final questionnaire, and our community has an opportunity to establish a strong, clear public record that we oppose the addition of a citizenship question, but we support the expansion of the race and ethnicity categories.
CITIZENSHIP QUESTION Including a citizenship question.... Read More
Anti-LGBT Task Force Threatens the Lives of LGBT Elders
The Trump administration’s creation of a Religious Liberty Task Force encourages discrimination
SAGE today blasted an announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions creating a taxpayer-funded Religious Liberty Task Force, the latest step by the Trump administration to provide a license to discriminate.
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement of a so-called Religious Liberty Task Force at the Department of Justice is one more effort by this Administration to obliterate anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people,” said Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE. “LGBT elders, who rely on religiously affiliated providers for non-discriminatory care, have played a huge role in the ‘changing cultural climate’ that the Attorney General condemns. They will not go back into the closet so that this administration.... Read More
The Diverse Elders Coalition opposes the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census
The Diverse Elders Coalition, a national advocacy organization working to advance policies that improve aging in communities of color, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and LGBT communities, opposes the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census.
The purpose of the U.S. Census is to provide an accurate population assessment of the people living in the United States. It is our communities’ once-in-a-decade opportunity to be counted, and the results of the Census determine our representation in government and drive programs and services at the Federal, State, and local levels.
At a time when immigrant communities in the United States are being torn apart, the inclusion of a citizenship question will.... Read More
Winning Strategies: Organizing Consumers for Delivery Reform
If health care advocacy were a sport, there’d be no question about our defensive strategy. Much of our collective efforts over the last few years have centered around defeating threats to Medicaid and Medicare, and protecting the Affordable Care Act. Defense is crucial; defense is where games are lost. And defense is exciting. There’s a palpable urgency in the crunch to defend needed programs that piques the interest of otherwise passive spectators, and as our state partners have seen,.... Read More
by Dr. Theodore Hutchinson. This post originally appeared on the SAGE blog.
On the day I was born 63 years ago, I became a ghost when these words were uttered: “Congratulations, it’s a girl!”
I am a person who is transgender. Although the signs were present throughout my life, the conversation and knowledge about trans folks were not a part of mainstream life in the U.S. back then. I was invisible to myself and to others.
But I’ve come to realize that no one deserves to be invisible. No one deserves to be forgotten. No one.... Read More
Study Shows Most LGBT Adults Worry About Discrimination in Senior Care, Housing
by Dave Singleton. This article originally appeared on Caring.com.
You don’t know what you don’t know.
That’s what I learned touring over 30 assisted living homes and senior communities in recent years. Some visits were for an article I was working on or for volunteering. Others were personal: I was looking for a welcoming home for my mom.
Having written about LGBT housing for five years, I asked myself the same question when I walked through the doors of each community: Would I feel comfortable here if I was older and ready for a senior community?
The answer was always no, and not because I thought the managers and workers at those homes were bigots. I asked.... Read More
The Trump administration is giving businesses and medical providers a license to discriminate: to deny services to LGBT individuals based on religious or moral beliefs. In response, SAGE is enlisting the power of the LGBT community, its allies, and organizations who care for LGBT elders to take a stand in our Care Can’t Wait social media campaign.
SAGE acknowledges and thanks all the partner organizations who have taken the pledge and encourages others to join us in standing up for LGBT elders in the face of religious-based discrimination.