What does cultural competency mean to you?

    A married, gay older couple living in a nursing home introduced themselves as brothers to their healthcare providers and fellow residents because they were afraid of discrimination. A limited-English proficient Chinese American older adult was exhibiting signs of dementia, but her husband thought they were natural symptoms of aging and didn’t tell his family members or doctor what they were experiencing. A home care worker could not figure out how to remove the traditional dress that an American Indian Elder was wearing, so she cut the dress off — not knowing that in the Elder’s culture, clothing was only cut off of a person’s body after they had died.

    Stories about diverse elders experiencing a lack of culturally competent care.... Read More

                 

    Join the Diverse Elders Coalition at the 2018 Aging in America Conference

    All five of the Diverse Elders Coalition member organizations — as well as many of our partners and friends — will be attending this year’s Aging in America Conference, hosted by the American Society on Aging, in San Francisco from March 26th through 29th. The DEC will participate in a number of workshops on advocacy, caregiving, data disaggregation and more. We are excited about this opportunity to bring diverse voices to the table at one of the nation’s largest convenings on aging issues.

    Conference attendees who are interested in better serving diverse elders or learning more about.... Read More

                 

    We have so much to learn from Black Elders — and so many reasons to support them

    February marks the start of Black History Month, a celebration of Black and African American stories, experiences, and impact on American culture. At the Diverse Elders Coalition, we’re proud to celebrate Black Elders every month of the year, but February offers us a bonus opportunity to lift these stories up into the national spotlight. Black Elders have so much wisdom to share about our history and the ways they have challenged white supremacy and other forms of oppression. It is imperative that those stories are not lost or forgotten.

    I recently attended a Capitol Hill Briefing about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), during which we heard testimonials from community-based organizations that employ older.... Read More

                 

    This Holiday Season, Help LGBT Older Adults Connect with Community

    Today, the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), SAGE, and the Diverse Elders Coalition released a new infographic in time for the holidays with resource links and information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults seeking support, as well as information about the challenges facing LGBT older adults.

    Click here to print, download and share the new infographic!

    For many older adults, the holidays can be a difficult time. However, this season can be particularly difficult for LGBT older adults. The lack of social and legal acceptance, both historically and currently,.... Read More

                 

    Wisdom from Hispanic Elders and Leaders to Kick Off Hispanic Heritage Month

    Con la sabiduría de los adultos mayores y líderes Hispanos celebramos el inicio del Mes de la Herencia Hispana!

    September 15th marks the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), a time to reflect on the powerful heritage of the Latinx communities — a heritage that is passed down from elders to the generations to come. We’ll be sharing stories of Latinx community, culture, tradition, and resilience all month long on our blog, Facebook and Twitter, but I wanted to start our celebration off right with a series of powerful quotes from Hispanic older adults and leaders that will inspire you all month long.

    El 15 de.... Read More

                 

    Open Enrollment Season is Right Around the Corner – Are You Ready to #GetCovered?

    This past week, I flipped my calendar from August to September, and I started thinking about pumpkins and sweet potatoes, hot chocolate, leaves changing color – and open enrollment for health insurance! This time of year is vitally important to diverse elders, because both Medicare and the Affordable Care Act have had a profound impact on our ability to age with health and dignity. Read on for more information and key dates around healthcare open enrollment, and make sure you’re ready to #GetCovered!

    Medicare Open Enrollment
    October 15 – December 7, 2017

    Medicare has a huge impact on diverse elders’ ability to get care. Various studies have found that

    46% of Latino older adults
    43% of Asian.... Read More

                 

    Statement of the #CaringMajority

    People across our country are enjoying longer lives. In fact, 10,000 people are turning 65 every day. This is great news for all of us, as we have longer to enjoy the intergenerational relationships that make our families stronger. However, it provides a challenge for our caregiving infrastructure.

    These demographic shifts are putting an increased demand on our families, our finances, and on our care system in ways we didn’t anticipate. With some forethought, investment and planning, we can prepare for them. Instead of preparing for the future, though, we’re facing unprecedented attacks on the care we already have. Republicans in Congress are trying to take us back decades right when we need to provide more care, not less.

    In.... Read More

                 

    Healthy Aging Starts with a Healthy Mouth, and Health Equity Starts with Us

    Last week, the Diverse Elders Coalition traveled to Alexandria, VA for the Oral Health America Medicare Symposium. Advocates, policymakers, and providers convened for this Symposium to discuss how to get a dental benefit included in Medicare. A recent study found that 52% of older adults are unaware that Medicare doesn’t cover routine dental care – maybe you didn’t know that, either!

    Given how important oral health is to overall health – if you can’t chew or swallow food, or if you are living with chronic pain from infection or gum disease, your overall health is certainly impacted! – it is shocking that once an elder turns 65, they are their own for.... Read More

                 
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