We are Looking for a National Coordinator for the Diverse Elders Coalition (Job Posting)

    The Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) is an  advocacy and education coalition made up of five national organizations representing millions of elders of color and LGBT elders around the country. The DEC focuses on strengthening policies and programs to enhance the health and well-being of diverse elders, educating and connecting our older people and their loved ones to key policy debates on aging, and increasing public support for issues that affect our communities. The coalition includes: the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, the National Hispanic Council on Aging, the National Indian Council on Aging, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders and Southeast Asia Resource Action.... Read More

                 

    The Re-launch is here!

    Two weeks ago, we announced that we would be re-launching the Diverse Elders Coalition Blog.  Read here to find out more.

    We are thrilled that this day has finally come. As we previously promised, in addition to our regular contributing bloggers, we will have exciting guest bloggers.  We will also display our content in a variety of different ways (e.g., pictures, videos, interviews, Top 5 columns, etc.) And much more! Have a suggestion? Contact us.

    You can bookmark this page or subscribe to our RSS feed to stay updated. Check back on Wednesday to read our latest post, courtesy of National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA). Until then, enjoy some highlights from.... Read More

                 

    We are Re-launching On March 18!

    The Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) was founded in 2010, and in July 2012 we launched our official website, which also serves as a news and commentary blog on the social, political and economic issues affecting the growing yet vulnerable demographic of elders who are Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT).In the last eight months, we have put out numerous posts on the issues that affect our communities and the creative ideas and best practices to address them. In the summer of 2012, we also released Securing Our Future: Advancing Economic Security for Diverse Elders, a resource that describes the issues facing elders of color and LGBT elders, who together will represent.... Read More

                 

    LGBT Older Americans Cannot Afford to Go Over the Fiscal Cliff

    The following is a guest post by George Stewart, SAGE constituent.

    Not long ago, the Washington Post reprinted a letter signed by a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) millionaires asking Congress to come to a resolution on the “fiscal cliff” by preventing across-the-board spending cuts to federal programs, preserving tax cuts for the middle class and allowing tax cuts for the wealthiest to expire.  As heartened as I was to see some LGBT voices in the public debate on economic issues, I wondered how many people know how the impending spending cuts will impact a vast majority of LGBT older people throughout the country—people like me.

    I have spent much of my life looking for.... Read More

                 

    In-Language Assistance and AAPI Elders

    BY SCOTT PECK, DIRECTOR OF POLICY, NATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC CENTER ON AGING

    One of the most difficult challenges of low-income AAPI elders is the ability to access programs and services designed for their specific needs.  Critical is the ability to access in-language assistance to elders who are limited-English-proficient (LEP).  Limited English proficiency has profound effects on AAPI elders to access essential services and understand their rights and obligations.

    For example:

    A 2007 study conducted by the National Senior Citizens Law Center found that foreign language translators that assist with health plan inquiries, as required of health plan sponsors by law, were only able to serve limited.... Read More

                 

    The Supreme Court Decision: A Good Day for Medicare, Seniors and their Families

    BY FAY GORDON, NATIONAL SENIOR CITIZENS LAW CENTER

    On June 28, I joined 1.7 million anxious SCOTUSblog followers, and held my breath until 10:09 a.m. when the words “the individual mandate survives as a tax” appeared on the screen. Cue the applause in the office — health care reform survived!

    While we celebrated, I thought of the seniors benefitting from health care reform. Unlike the lawyers and wonks, they were not rushing to print copies of the opinion, or feverishly e-mailing colleagues. They likely carried on with their Thursday morning-working and taking care of families and grandchildren.  In a flashback to the 2010 health care debate, the law’s tremendous improvements.... Read More

                 

    Growing an Online Movement for Our Communities

    The Diverse Elders Coalition came together in 2010 to imagine policy solutions that would improve the lives of elders of color and LGBT elders. Already, we have seen some advocacy wins and this summer we released a historic report on the economic security issues facing our communities.

    Now we’re trying to grow our visibility and build a national online movement for diverse elders. Watch the video below and help us spread the word!

     

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    The Unique Needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander Elders

    BY SCOTT PECK, DIRECTOR OF POLICY, NATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC CENTER ON AGING

    Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) elders are one of the fastest-growing groups of ethnic elderly in the U.S. but remain largely invisible. Each elder faces unique challenges to obtaining a high quality of life in their later years. Unfortunately, AAPI elder needs are not well-researched, their concerns are often not addressed by current public policies, and few programs and services are designed for their specific needs. Language and cultural barriers present difficult barriers to care since programs and services designed for a broader population are often inaccessible to AAPI elders due to limited.... Read More

                 

    Photos from Diverse Elders Coalition Capitol Hill Briefing

    The congressional briefing hosted on July 25 by the Diverse Elders Coalition, held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, was a great success! Thank you to all who attended to hear more about out new policy report and issues facing our diverse elder communities. Here are a few photos from the briefing, taken by DC-based photographer Astrid Riecken. Enjoy!

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    Diverse Elders Coalition to Hold Capitol Hill Briefing

    If you’re in the Washington, DC area next Wednesday, join the Diverse Elders Coalition for a briefing on the economic issues, and proposed policy solutions, facing vulnerable older people, including Black elders; Hispanic elders; Asian and Pacific Islander elders; American Indian and Alaska Native elders; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders.

    Securing Our Future: A Capitol Hill Briefing on Advancing Economic Security for Diverse Elders
    Wednesday, July 25, 2012
    10 am – 12 pm
    Room SD-562, on the north side of the Capitol in the Dirksen Senate Office.... Read More

                 

    The Diverse Elders Coalition Launches a Policy Report and Blog

    Welcome to the Diverse Elders Coalition blog! The Diverse Elders Coalition is made up of seven leading national aging organizations and was founded in 2010 with the purpose of promoting federal policy solutions that enhance the quality of life for our country’s diverse aging communities.  The members of the Diverse Elders Coalition include: Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores; National Asian Pacific Center on Aging; National Caucus & Center on Black Aged, Inc.; National Hispanic Council on Aging; National Indian Council on Aging; Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders; and Southeast Asia Resource.... Read More

                 
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