Honoring Native Heritage and Supporting American Indian/Alaska Native Elders


    Photo by R. Madison

    American Indian and Alaska Native Elders are the heart and soul of Native communities across the United States, and indigenous traditions of dance, food, cuisine and language around the world continue to thrive. We join our member organization, the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA), in celebrating the rich heritage of the more than 500 unique tribal nations across the United States and the Elders who are preserving and passing those traditions down to future generations.This Native American Heritage Month, we’re sharing highlights from the Diverse Elders Coalition blog throughout 2018, including:

    The Importance of Good Sleep for Elders: “Not only do Elders.... Read More
                 

    Black, Hispanic Elders Especially Susceptible to Dehydration

    by Susan Buchanan. This article originally appeared in the Louisiana Weekly.

    Elders are among those most vulnerable to dehydration, and African American and Hispanic adults are more likely to become dehydrated than whites, researchers have found.

    In a review of health issues after the Gulf Coast’s hurricanes in 2005, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pointed to the dangers of dehydration for older adults. People suffered from heat and a lack of potable water. After Katrina struck that August, dehydration took the lives of many local seniors in nursing homes, hospitals, shelters and their houses. Rita, Wilma and Dennis were other deadly Gulf hurricanes in 2005.

    ‘Extremely Dangerous’

    Beyond access to water, older people are vulnerable to dehydration for.... Read More

                 

    Coming Together to Address California’s Senior Care Crisis

    by Dr. Marcy Adelman and Dr. Karyn Skultety. This article originally appeared in the San Francisco Bay Times.

    Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.

    Nearly a century ago, Helen Keller first uttered the phrase but it still holds true to this day. This sentiment was brought to life at the October 11 Advocating for LGBTQ Seniors in the Master Plan for Aging in California panel discussion co-hosted by We Stand with Seniors … Will You? and Openhouse. It was remarkable to see the wide range of attendees pour into the San Francisco.... Read More

                 

    Diverse Elders Coalition Urges Department of Homeland Security to Withdraw Proposed Public Charge Rule

    The Diverse Elders Coalition submitted the following comment in opposition to the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed “public charge” rule. To download and share this letter, click here.

    To share your own comments with the administration about this rule, visit protectingimmigrantfamilies.org.

    The Honorable Kirstjen M. Nielsen
    Secretary of Homeland Security
    Washington, D.C. 20528

    October 23, 2018

    Dear Sec. Nielsen,

    I am writing today on behalf of the Diverse Elders Coalition, a national advocacy organization working to improve aging for racially and ethnically diverse people, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and LGBT people. We strongly oppose the public charge rule USCIS-2010-0012-0001 proposed in the Federal Register on October 10, 2018 and urge you to.... Read More

                 

    National Asian Pacific Center on Aging Appoints New CEO

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2018
    Contact: Ty Ma’ae, (206) 624-1221
    tyrell@napca.org

    National Asian Pacific Center on Aging Appoints New CEO

    [Seattle, WA] – The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Joon Bang as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective November 1, 2018, to lead the only national organization working to serve Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) as they age. He replaces Wesley Lum after Koya Leadership Partners conducted an extensive nationwide executive search over the summer.

    “We’re very excited to have Joon join NAPCA to continue.... Read More

                 

    Walking on the beach in Miami Beach, Florida.

    by Shelly M. SAGE member from 2010, mostly at SAGE Harlem. Shelly also volunteers at the center.

    Hot sunny days are a welcome change from home in NYC.  Hot weather all the time, even now in October the average temp is 80’s. Good for the bones. Miami Beach was hot sand, cool blue water that not the same in New York. Funny didn’t see the one animal I was expecting was flamingos. Images were reflecting on the highway of the birds on the sound barriers to let you know where you are. And the other was so many palm trees. And only palm trees.  Had only four days’ vacation driving around the area from Miami and Sunny Isles and Ft.... Read More

                 

    On November 8th, Host a SAGE Table to Create an Intergenerational LGBT Community

    The beauty of an intergenerational friendship is infinite. SAGE Table brings older and younger members of the LGBT community together to talk about our commonalities. We go through the same things, we have a shared history, and we have a shared future.

    Last year there were 232 SAGE Tables across 40 states with more than 3,000 participants. With support from NYC’s Mayor Bill de Blasio, Ellen Degeneres, and Whoopi Goldberg, our first year of SAGE Table was a major success. Now it’s time to create more connections at SAGE Table 2018. Sign up to host or attend a SAGE Table in your area, and join our Facebook Group to stay up to.... Read More

                 

    Eczema Symptoms Found to Be Worse for African Americans

    by Ryan Whirty. This article originally appeared in The Louisiana Weekly.

    All skin – and a particular skin disorder – is not the same, as a recent study into the effects and symptoms of eczema, a frustratingly itchy, often painful and potentially embarrassing affliction of the dermis, shows.

    In a study published in September in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology – the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology – researchers examined the molecular differences between the skin of African Americans with atopic dermatitis (the formal name for eczema).... Read More

                 

    Elder Justice is LGBT Justice!

    by Sherrill Wayland, MSW, Manager of National Projects for SAGE.

    Elder Justice is LGBT Justice! Whether LGBT older people protested in the streets, founded organizations, or just managed to survive times of social unrest, they laid the groundwork for the progress all LGBT people now enjoy.

    Over the past year, SAGE  and FORGE collaborated with the National Center on Elder Abuse to create a series of fact sheets that engage, empower, and advocate for elder justice for LGBT older people, their caregivers, and community organizations.

    To develop these fact sheets, SAGE conducted focus.... Read More

                 

    Childhood Memories of Racial Discrimination

    by Leslie Hunter-Gadsden. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.

    In my childhood neighborhood, “moving on up” meant a 1970 move from our New York City apartment on 155th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues to a three-room apartment in a building on Riverside Drive West, near 159th Street in Washington Heights. The building was part of a six-unit, seven-story, multiple dwelling, facing the Hudson River and New Jersey, with the George Washington Bridge just to the north and clearly visible from the front entrance.

    Back then, the building featured apartments for rent, but by the early 1980s, it converted to mostly co-op apartments. I turned 10 the year my mother and I moved in, and we lived.... Read More

                 

    Diverse Elders Coalition Receives $549,679 Grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation to Support Family Caregivers

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    September 17, 2018

    Contact: Jenna McDavid, National Managing Coordinator
    646-653-5015 / jmcdavid@diverseelders.org

    New York, NY – The Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) is the recipient of a $549,679 planning grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation to identify and address the unique needs of family caregivers in racially and ethnically diverse communities, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) communities. “Addressing Unmet Family Caregiving Needs in Diverse Older Communities” will provide funding to the DEC to research disparities in access to linguistically and culturally competent health care and social services among those served by the coalition and develop programs that will meet those caregivers’ unique.... Read More

                 
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