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

                 

    SAGE Launches SAGEConnect to Combat Social Isolation for LGBT Elders

    SAGE, the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT elders, has recently launched SAGEConnect, a program that matches LGBT elders with volunteer community members and allies in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of our LGBT pioneers, the heightened need for social isolation has left them homebound with severely limited support networks. The one-to-one contact offered through SAGEConnect will help combat feelings of loneliness and disconnection during this unprecedented time of COVID-19, and ensure that elders are linked to resources if they are in need of help. ­

    Because of the limited resources available to LGBT elders during this time, SAGE is utilizing its connection.... Read More

                 

    LGBTQ Older Adults and Shelter in Place

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

    These are extraordinary times. It has only been since March 17 that Mayor Breed ordered San Francisco residents to shelter in place, to stay indoors, to slow the spread of infection from COVID-19. We are to remain in our homes and only go out to conduct essential activities such as to buy groceries or for a medically related need. It is not such a simple request to isolate ourselves when information about the virus’ progress and the evolving and sometimes confusing response of the federal government creates a collective feeling of dread and anxiety.

    As the economy comes to a standstill, more and.... Read More

                 

    Life at the Intersection: Older Adults Need a Response to COVID-19 Grounded in Equity

    by Denny Chan. This article originally appeared on the Justice in Aging blog.

    Dorothy is in good spirits, but tired and growing increasingly impatient. In January – well before life for most Americans had been dramatically disrupted by COVID-19 with stay at home orders and the shut down of non-essential businesses – the 72-year-old Chinese American living in Seattle, Washington’s Chinatown began to see signs that her community’s life was slowing down. She’d been reading the daily headlines in the Chinese newspaper about the virus in Wuhan and other parts of China. But.... Read More

                 

    The Best Cities for LGBTQ Retirees

    by Dave Hughes. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.

    (It seems like every few weeks or so, someone publishes a new list of The Best Places to Retire. Dave Hughes’ new book, The Quest for Retirement Utopia, will help you clarify which criteria are most important to you in deciding where to retire and provide resources to help find the spot that’s right for you. In a special section for LGBTQ people, Hughes has compiled The Best U.S. Cities for LGBTQ Retirees, which includes some places that may surprise you. Hughes, a Read More

                 

    COVID-19: We Must Care for Older Adults’ Mental Health

    by Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This article originally appeared on the AFSP Lifesaver Blog.

    No matter your age, mental health and well-being are influenced by numerous factors and are susceptible to change. Right now, most people, across all sectors of society, are being affected by the global health crisis related to the coronavirus. One particular group we should keep in mind during this challenging time is older adults, whose routines and usual support systems may be disrupted.

    The most powerful factors that impact mental health and well-being for older.... Read More

                 

    SAGE Celebrates Major Victory in Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act

    This release originally appeared on the SAGE website on March 26, 2020.

    [New York, NY] Today, the Older Americans Act reauthorization was signed into law with provisions that will help ensure that LGBT elders get the services and support they need to remain independent. SAGE, the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people, has spent years working with our allies in Congress, the LGBT community, and the aging sector to push for this inclusion and celebrates this victory for the LGBT community. This legislation is especially timely given the sobering risks LGBT elders face during the current COVID-19 pandemic and their heightened need for inclusive services and care.

    The.... Read More

                 

    Tips on Dementia Caregiving in the COVID-19 Outbreak

    by Liz Seegert. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.

    Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia is hard enough during normal times. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect communities around the U.S., though, it’s not surprising that family caregivers are anxious, unnerved and confused.

    If you’re caring for a family member with dementia during this global health crisis, there are ways to minimize stress, care for your family and care for yourself, too.

    Dementia itself does not increase the risk of COVID-19; however, dementia-related behaviors may increase risk. People with dementia may forget to wash their hands or take other precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).... Read More

                 
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