Engaging diverse elders in the voting booth and beyond

    revised headshotby Kevin Simowitz, Political Director at Caring Across Generations. Before working with Caring Across, Kevin was the organizing director at Maine People’s Alliance and worked as a community organizer at Virginia Organizing. 

    The Diverse Elders Coalition has partnered with Caring Across Generations for a project that aims to engage communities of color, American Indian/Alaska Native communities, and LGBTQ communities in the months leading up to the 2016 US Presidential election. This project is twofold: first, we will rally our elders to submit comments to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) on how the federal government can better reach.... Read More

                 

    Exercise for a Healthy Life

    by Christine Herman, NCAREE Technical Communications Manager for NICOA. This Post originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

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    While there are many factors that contribute to good health, diet and exercise remain key. In the not so distant past, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) communities were largely untouched by the types of chronic disease that now plague us, like diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. From the traditional diets to the higher levels of physical activity, AI/AN lifestyles were naturally healthier than those led by people in general today.

    Exercise is one side of.... Read More

                 

    LGBT and Latino Elders Stand in Solidarity on Orlando Shooting

    In light of the tragic shooting at an LGBT club/community space in Orlando earlier this week, two Diverse Elders Coalition members — the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) — have released a joint statement in solidarity with the victims, survivors, and communities affected by this tragedy. This statement originally appeared on both the NHCOA blog and the SAGE website, and you can read an additional statement from SAGE CEO Michael Adams here.

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    As leaders from organizations working to advance equality and to counteract discrimination against the LGBT and Latino communities, we unite today to condemn the outrageous violence that took.... Read More

                 

    Connecting Across Generations

    by Timothy Wroten of SAGE. This post originally appeared on the SAGE Blog, and you can read about Jay Kallio and other LGBT trailblazers in the Fall 2015 issue of SAGEMatters.

    Jay Kallio gained nationwide visibility in 2012 when he shared his story about navigating the healthcare system as a transgender man living with breast cancer. Now in the midst of a new battle, Jay talks about how a younger community of activists has connected him to newfound strength and courage.

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    Timothy Wroten: Earlier this year, you were diagnosed with a new condition: terminal lung cancer. Many of us.... Read More

                 

    Blazing a Trail for AAPI Elders: Dr. Wes Lum

    Wes headshotMay is Asian American and Pacific Islander American (AAPI) Heritage Month! Back in 2014, we profiled Quyen Dinh, Executive Director of Diverse Elders Coalition member organization Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). This year, the DEC is excited to introduce Dr. Wes Lum, CEO of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA). After an extensive nationwide search, Dr. Lum was appointed to the CEO position at NAPCA in March 2015 and has been leading the charge for AAPI elders ever since. Read on for more about Dr. Lum NAPCA:

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    A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans 50 and Older

    by Jeffer Giang, Research Analyst in the Demographic Research Project (DRP) for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA.

    Those who work with older adults may generally know that the population is growing in size very quickly. In fact, Los Angeles County’s entire 50-plus population grew 28% between 2000 and 2010. What most people don’t know is that the Asian American 50-plus population grew 56% during the same time. In contrast, the entire population of Los Angeles County saw 3% growth during this time while the general Asian American population saw 20% growth.

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    In other words, the Asian American 50-plus population grew twice as.... Read More

                 

    Patient-Centered Care? We Have a Long Way to Go

    This post by Andi Mullin originally appeared on the Community Catalyst Health Policy Hub blog.

    On April 4, my 73-year-old mother had back surgery. It was a difficult and lengthy procedure and, unfortunately, she experienced a series of post-operative complications. She remained in the hospital for 12 days, and for several of those days things looked very serious. For the first time since I started doing health system transformation policy work, I had an opportunity to experience the acute care side of our health system not merely as a policy advocate, but as a worried family member.

    There was a lot about my mom’s medical care that was good. Crucially, the complicated surgery itself appears to have been.... Read More

                 

    SAGECare: Creating a More Welcoming Space for LGBT Elders

    This post originally appeared on the SAGE blog.

    SAGE is proud to announce the launch of SAGECare— a new training initiative for service providers led by a passionate and experienced team from SAGE. It offers cultural competency training to service providers who wish to join a more inclusive community for LGBT elders, as well as learn to welcome LGBT older adults with open arms.

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    SAGECare goes above and beyond the usual method of diversity training. The program creates a space for service providers to expand, transform and elevate their understanding of the needs of LGBT elders. The training provided by SAGECare.... Read More

                 

    At the Intersection of Income Inequality and Geography: A Case for a Broad Approach to Health

    by Trevon Meyers. This post originally appeared on the Community Catalyst Health Policy Hub blog.

    For several decades, data has shown a trend toward the concentration of poverty and increasing income inequality in major cities across America. Take New York City for example, a metropolitan area often cited to demonstrate some of the highest gaps in income between wealthy and poor residents in the country. As the wealth gap has continued to grow over time, a distinct correlation between income level and life expectancy has emerged, with higher incomes found to be associated with longer life spans.

    Some striking analysis from The Health Inequality Project provides new details on the.... Read More

                 

    What do Older Adults Need to Thrive?

    This blog post originally appeared on Medium.com.

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    This is a question that I have consistently asked throughout my time with the National Hispanic Council on Aging. This question has helped guide along our goals as an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families and caregivers. So, what do older adults need to thrive? The question itself seems very simple, yes. There are a number of things you could argue are essential for seniors to thrive. But, for Hispanic seniors in the U.S., these needs come down to one thing: being seen and treated with the dignity of.... Read More

                 

    Advance directives are only a first step

    Tomorrow, April 16th, is National Healthcare Decisions Day. The Diverse Elders Coalition encourages all of our elders, their families, and our communities to start conversations with one another about end-of-life choice and advance directives. Today’s blog post comes from Compassion & Choices‘ Kimberly Callinan and originally appeared in the Virginian-Pilot.

    56f2f524c124c.imageMy grandmother died feeling betrayed, frightened and utterly powerless in a bleak hospital room.

    She’d completed an advance directive about her end-of-life goals, preferences and values, including a Do Not Resuscitate order. But when an emergency landed her in the hospital, the emergency room team ignored her advance.... Read More

                 

    SEARAC Mourns for Vue, Manso-Perez Families, Calls City of Milwaukee and National Political Figures to Task

    In March 2016, a gunman killed three people in Milwaukee, WI, telling them before the killing, “You guys got to go.” Initial reports indicate that the shooter deliberately targeted the families because they were immigrants. Our member organization, the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), put out a press release shortly after the murders, condemning the killing and asking the nation to take better care of its immigrant families.

    Since the press release (bel0w), the Milwaukee police have begun meeting with the Hmong community to discuss crime and safety — something that has never happened before. There is also a petition you can sign that asks the judge to prosecute the murders as a hate crime. We stand with SEARAC.... Read More

                 
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