Fighting loneliness and isolation with The Harmony Exchange

    Older adults suffering from social isolation and loneliness are at a higher risk of developing physical and mental health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. According to a 2016 study published in Gerontology, up to 29 percent of American adults aged over 70 years report being lonely. Although often overlooked, loneliness is a real and growing epidemic that affects the overall health of older individuals. This is an especially prominent issue for older adults that are either homebound or have decreased mobility, as the only people they may see on a regular basis are home aides or family.

    The Harmony Exchange was created to combat exactly this.

    As.... Read More

                 

    Culturally Competent Supports for Diverse Family Caregivers: Spotlight on Volunteers of America Minnesota-Wisconsin

    This article was written for the Diverse Elders Coalition by Resources for Integrated Care.

    Nearly one in four older adults dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid has Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, and dually eligible older adults have higher rates of chronic conditions than Medicare-only beneficiaries. Caring for individuals with dementia and other chronic conditions often involves significant physical, emotional, and financial support from family members. To meet the needs of family caregivers, providers and health plans may benefit from strategies for supporting caregivers through services such as respite services, counseling, and training and education.

    Family caregivers come from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and health plans report.... Read More

                 

    SAGE Stonewall Veterans Speak: Val Harris

    This article is part of a series of profiles of the inspiring SAGE constituents who were part of the Stonewall uprising in 1969, an event that inspired the modern LGBT-rights movement. It was originally published on the SAGE blog.

    Charles “Valentino” Harris, known to friends and family simply as Val, was 17 years old the first night of the Stonewall uprising. “On that night in ’69, I was at a disco called the Sanctuary near Times Square with my friend Nelson,” says the native New Yorker. “Someone called the bar, and suddenly word spread that the drag queens were rioting at the Stonewall.” He and.... Read More

                 

    NAPCA 40 for 40 Spotlight: Sannalung Souratha

    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 Sannalung Souratha, a participant of NAPCA’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). For more stories, visit https://www.napca.org/40-for-40/.

    Sannalung shares his story of coming from Laos in a.... Read More

                 

    Aging Southern Musical Artists Celebrate 25 Years Of Music Maker

    by Leoneda Inge, WUNC North Carolina Public Radio (Aug. 6, 2019). Leoneda Inge reports on the Music Maker Relief Foundation, which has helped improve the lives of more than 400 artists for the past 25 years. Listen to the audio report.

    The life of an aging blues or folk musician is not always pretty. Many of these old soulsters have not been able to retire with dignity. For the past 25 years, the Music Maker Relief Foundation has worked to improve the lives of these musicians. It has literally saved the lives and the music of more than 400 artists.

    Many of these artists are African American and well over regular retirement age. One of them.... Read More

                 

    Five Wishes: Advance Care Planning for Diverse Communities

    This article was written for the Diverse Elders Coalition by Five Wishes.

    Rosa was age 85, a widow, and doing great. She enjoyed good health, many friends and was involved in social activities at her church and in her community. Her children and grandchildren would say, only half-jokingly, that Rosa was healthier and more active than any of them and would likely outlive them all. Even her own doctor was impressed that a woman of her age was as alert and physically able as any patient half her age.

    It really never occurred to Rosa or Rosa’s family that it might be smart to plan ahead in case she had an accident or suffered a severe.... Read More

                 

    Artist Wen-ti Tsen reflects on immigration and aging

    by Ling-Mei Wong. This article originally appeared in Sampan Newspaper. To read this article in Chinese, click here.

    Between art shows and exhibitions, you would never know Wen-ti Tsen is 83 years old.

    “Being an artist means not following a set pattern of retiring at 65; nobody ever stops working,” Tsen said. “The older you get, you think better. You have fewer distractions.”

    Tsen’s portfolio includes a Chinatown mural of Chinese garment workers, with a model displayed at 38 Ash Street, the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center lobby. His “Home Town” project featured 12 figures of everyday Chinese people from the Chinese Historical Society of New England’s archives, which.... Read More

                 

    Diverse Elders Coalition Mourns the Deaths in El Paso and Dayton; Demands Unequivocal Opposition to Hate-Filled Rhetoric and Dehumanizing Policies

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 8, 2019
    Contact: Jenna McDavid, National Director, Diverse Elders Coalition
    646-653-5015

     

    The Diverse Elders Coalition mourns the passing of so many lives over the weekend in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH. The El Paso murders were apparently intended to target Latinos and immigrants by a white nationalist killer. The Diverse Elders Coalition, a coalition of six national organizations that advocate to improve aging in communities of color, American Indian/Alaska Native communities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities, calls upon our nation’s leaders to deter and prevent any future racist incidents of domestic terrorism.

    “Now is the time to demonstrate unequivocal opposition to the white nationalism.... Read More

                 

    Cast in Bronze: An Artist’s Legacy

    by Mark Ray. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.

    The ongoing debate over whether to remove Confederate statues in the South (and beyond) demonstrates how public art highlights what a society finds significant. By that measure, Ed Hamilton was pretty insignificant when he was growing up black in the 1950s and 1960s.

    All the public art he saw around him in his hometown of Louisville, Ky. depicted white people: Abraham Lincoln at the library, Louis XVI at the courthouse, Henry Clay at city hall. Even the mannequins in downtown department.... Read More

                 

    Dances With Manangs

    By Mariel Toni Jimenez. This article originally appeared in Positively Filipino magazine.

    My mother looked forward to Sunday because it was a day that she and her friends went to the dance hall in Daly City, located in the park off Acton Street at the Top of the Hill.

    If you look back at archived books and film clips on the arrival of Filipinos in America, you will find that the means of socializing were the dances; playing pool in the pool halls; and celebrating birthdays, weddings, and job promotions with a vast amount of Filipino food: lechon; adobo; lumpia; kare-kare; pinakbet; dinuguan; and, of course, pancit.

    Today, one can still see the same patterns of.... Read More

                 

    NAPCA 40 for 40 Spotlight: Carmen Mendones

    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 Carmen Mendones, a participant of NAPCA’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). For more stories, visit https://www.napca.org/40-for-40/.

    Carmen, originally from Manila, Philippines, shares her story.... Read More

                 

    As Death Approaches, Older Indian Americans Unprepared for the End

    by Viji Sundaram. This article originally appeared on India West.

    See the full slide show by Viji Sundaram at https://tinyurl.com/y5kc8fpk

    The 88-year-old man looked gray and emaciated, the outline of his collarbones clearly visible under the loose fitting gown he wore as he lay in a narrow hospital bed in an East Bay nursing home. His eyes were closed, his mouth agape. A tube delivered both medicine and food directly into his stomach. He didn’t appear to know what was going on around him.

    Nearly two years ago, aspiration pneumonia put Chandra Bhatia (his wife asked that his real name not be used) in the hospital. Since then, other health crises have.... Read More

                 
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