Coronavirus Pandemic Exposes Gap in Mental Health Services for Seniors

    By Dr. Marcy Adelman. This article originally appeared in the San Francisco Bay Times.

    The COVID-19 crisis, and with it the need to shelter in place, have exposed gaps in San Francisco’s services for seniors and LGBTQ seniors in particular.

    The city has long established partnerships with community nonprofits with whom they have a successful track record for delivering in-person health and wellness services and programs and peer support groups that reduce social isolation and increase opportunities for program participants to engage, connect, and volunteer in their communities. For people who are not comfortable with in-person experiences, the Institute on Aging provides a phone service for older adults who need someone to listen to their concerns..... Read More

                 

    OPINION: COVID-19 Shows the U.S. Needs Universal Family Care

    by Sarita Gupta. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.

    (Across caregiving and community, business and intergenerational attitudes, the pandemic and how we respond to it could change us forever. Next Avenue turned to some of our Influencers in Aging, a diverse group of thought leaders, for their insights, counsel and opinions of what could lie ahead — if we choose.)

    Prior to COVID-19, every two weeks, two women would come to clean my family’s house. They’re employees of a small cleaning service. Three weeks ago, when COVID-19 started to change how people live and work, the owner called to ask if we’d be willing to provide additional money so she could give.... Read More

                 

    American Workers’ Health Challenges Before Reaching the Golden Age

    by Agustin Durán. To read the original Spanish-language article in La Opinión, click here. (Para leer este artículo en español, haga clic aquí.)

    For several decades, activist Martha Ugarte has been counseling immigrants to protect themselves from abuse and defending them from becoming victims of authorities and unscrupulous businesses. But in January 2019, the immigrant from Oaxaca, Mexico, had to defend herself.

    Suddenly, her husband began to have stomach pains, and they had no choice but to take him to a hospital emergency room. After paying a $240 co-payment and enduring four hours of exams, they were told he needed surgery to remove stones from his gallbladder. They sought a second opinion and he finally managed.... Read More

                 

    We’re Hiring! Are You Our New National Director?


    The Diverse Elders Coalition is excited to announce that we are hiring for a new National Director. We are a dynamic, collaborative group of people working to improve aging in diverse communities.

    Check out the full position description to learn more and apply.

    Apply by May 5th for priority application consideration!

    The Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) is seeking an accomplished, passionate National Director to lead our coalition’s growing presence in the fields of aging policy advocacy and education. The National Director will be responsible for developing the coalition’s policy advocacy and training programs, representing our members and our work.... Read More

                 

    Coronavirus-Related Xenophobia Against People of Asian Heritage Must Stop

    by Maya Nakamura. This article originally appeared on Community Catalyst’s Health Policy Hub blog.

    All my life, I have been fortunate enough to never feel the need to question or fear how my identity is perceived by others. As a proud daughter of Asian immigrants, I have always worn my Japanese heritage on my sleeve, happy to share and educate others about my experiences – even if it means fending off the occasional ignorant or offensive remark.

    However, recently these ‘occasional’ remarks have increased ten-fold and evolved from ignorant to outright hateful. Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which originated in Wuhan, China, Asians around the globe have experienced an influx of.... Read More

                 

    The NDN COVID-19 Response Project

    This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

    The NDN Collective has started a COVID-19 Response Project, designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country. Their intent is to quickly distribute resources to frontline organizations, tribes and individuals who are providing essential services to Indigenous communities within the next 15-45 days to provide gap resources during this health crisis.

    Grant applications for can be submitted immediately. Grant review and funding notifications will occur on a weekly basis through the end of May 2020. Follow the link and prompts for Grant Application instructions and submission.

    The NDN Collective is a national organization dedicated.... Read More

                 

    HIV/AIDS’ Effect on Aging: Still Unclear

    by John-Manuel Andriote. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.

    Craig Washington has never spent a night in the hospital because of HIV. Not even the time in the early ’90s when he got cryptosporidiosis, one of the opportunistic infections that can wreak havoc on someone with a weakened immune system.

    The Atlanta-based social worker and therapist’s good health is especially impressive for a 60-year-old man diagnosed with HIV back in 1985 — the year the HIV antibody test first became available.

    “For the most part,” said Washington, “I have been very blessed, very fortunate, that my health is pretty good and a lot of the day-to-day energy level I’ve been able to sustain.” He attributes his.... Read More

                 

    Community Statement on COVID-19

    A PDF version of this letter can be found on the National Alliance for Caregiving website.

    SUPPORT FAMILY CAREGIVERS

    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has magnified what we’ve known all along – our institutions are not prepared to support family caregivers.

    We write to urge government, community and religious leaders to please remember the challenges facing family caregivers as this public health crisis continues to unfold. Unpaid family caregivers are the backbone of the health care system in the United States, providing as much as 90 percent of all home health care for no pay and.... Read More

                 

    8 Warning Signs of Health Problems in Your Aging Parents

    This article originally appeared on Black Health Matters.

    As your parents get older, how can you be sure they’re taking care of themselves and staying healthy?

    When you visit your aging parents, start by considering these questions:

    1. Are your parents able to take care of themselves? Pay attention to your parents’ appearance. Failure to keep up with daily routines—such as bathing and brushing teeth—could indicate dementia, depression or physical impairments. Also pay attention to your parents’ home. Are the lights working? Is the heat on? Is the yard overgrown? Any changes in the way your parents.... Read More

                 

    Poor, Older Black Americans are an Afterthought in the COVID-19 Crisis

    by Christina N. Harrington. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.

    Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick recently said that he and other older Americans would be willing to risk death due to the coronavirus in order to protect the U.S. economy. What followed was a backlash by people warning that even the thought of sacrificing the elderly is unacceptable. Of even greater concern, though, is what this agenda would mean for poor, older black Americans — people like my 89-year-old grandmother — who already are an afterthought in this country and stand to be impacted the most by the pandemic.

    America has always had a problem with those at the margins. Individuals with intersectional marginalized identities.... Read More

                 
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