April 16th marks the 8th annual National Healthcare Decisions Day, a commemoration that exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD organizers encourage all adults – regardless of age or health – to have end-of-life talks with their family members and medical providers and set up their advance directives.
The NHDD website offers a number of free resources for healthcare planning, as well as opportunities in all fifty states to connect with local organizers and participate in an NHDD event. We encourage our constituents and coalition members to check.... Read More
Supporting and Advocating for Immigrant Elders on Cesar Chavez Day
March 31st is Cesar Chavez Day, a commemoration of the life of labor activist and civil rights pioneer Cesar Chavez. Chavez cofounded the National Farm Workers Association with Dolores Huerta and worked tirelessly throughout his life to encourage Mexican Americans and other Latin@s to vote, to protect the rights of workers, and to protest the use of pesticides on our food supply. Many people commemorate Cesar Chavez day by giving back to their communities through volunteer work and service.
The impact of immigration reform on the labor conditions and practices that Cesar Chavez spent his life protesting cannot be overstated. According to the.... Read More
LGBT Health Awareness Week: It’s Time To Come Together
March 23-27 marks National LGBT Health Awareness Week, and we at the Diverse Elders Coalition are excited to raise awareness about the issues facing the LGBTQ communities, especially LGBT older people. The National Coalition for LGBT Health created National LGBT Health Awareness Week in 2003 to promote increased health awareness and outcomes in the LGBT community and promote the need for greater cultural competency in the healthcare system. This year’s theme is “Time to Come Together: Trust, Transparency, Truth.”
Throughout the Week, the Coalition brings together national and state LGBT organizations, health centers, health departments, universities, health organizations, clinical and behavioral.... Read More
Collecting Stories from Our Communities: The Diverse Elders Stories Initiative
Some of our greatest tools to make positive change on behalf of our constituents are stories from older adults, their loved ones, advocates and community members that illustrate the struggles and triumphs of aging as people of color or LGBTQ people. We share these stories with the public on our blog and through social media to raise awareness of the issues that affect diverse elders. Your stories also allow us to show policymakers the faces behind their proposed policies and programs. With your stories, we are able to advocate for the needs of diverse elders more effectively.
The Diverse Elders Coalition will be representing our constituents and communities at the 2015 Aging in America Conference, held March 23-27 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL. This annual event is open to the public and brings together colleagues and leaders from around the nation, allowing participants to learn from world-changing leaders in the field of aging and grow their skills, knowledge and impact in order to bring better services and products to the aging population.
All five of the Diverse Elders Coalition member organizations are represented in multiple panels throughout the conference, including our symposium: The Moment Is Now: Improving the Health and Wellness of Diverse Older Adults..... Read More
Around the Country in 180 Days: The White House Conference on Aging Regional Forums
The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is slated to be held later this year in Washington, D.C., but in the months leading up to the big event, multiple regional forums are being held around the United States, bringing together “a community of older Americans, advocates, caregivers, experts, and local leaders who are committed to working to address the changing landscape of aging.” These forums are intended as an opportunity for local leaders to provide input and ideas for the conference and to begin the much-needed dialogue on the many issues facing older Americans, like economic security, health and independence, long-term care, and preventing elder abuse.
As we round the corner on Black History Month, I am encouraged to take the heritage and history we’ve all been reminded of over these past few weeks and use it to create a better world today for our Black elders. You may have seen the hashtag #BlackFutureMonth being used on social media as a reclamation of Black History Month and an affirmation of our commitment to equality, equity, and an end to injustice. In that spirit, I am such a fan of the SAGEWorks program. This national employment support program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people age 40 and older expands participants’ job hunting skills and career options, and connects employers to diverse high-caliber candidates..... Read More
Helping our communities to #SignUpB4TimesUp — even after time is up
Did you have difficulty enrolling in health care coverage prior to the February 15th deadline? The following message from the HealthCare.Gov Blog may be able to help you #SignUpB4TimesUp — even after time is up.
Throughout my time in healthcare education and advocacy, particularly when working with LGBT people and people of color, I have heard so many heartbreaking stories about HIV/AIDS. Living in fear, losing friends and family, lack of information about and access to care – the specter of this disease looms large, particularly over those underserved communities. I remember watching Marlon Riggs’ “Ethnic Notions” in college and then being devastated to learn that we had lost this powerful and talented voice to the AIDS epidemic. This disease has taken far too many of our friends, family members, heroes, and compatriots.