How to Stay Safe When Going Back Out in Public

    By Ann Lloyd, This article originally appeared on Student Savings Guide.

    No matter where you live, you’ve been asked to make an array of adjustments in the past six months to deal with the pandemic. 

    You’ve started wearing a mask everywhere you go and learned to practice social distancing. You’ve changed your shopping habits to account for supply-chain issues and shortages. Maybe you’re caring for aging or at-risk loved ones — or receiving that kind of care, yourself. 

    Now, however, transmission rates are slowing in some areas. A new vaccine may be on the horizon,.... Read More

                 

    Centering Vaccination Planning on Equity: Intersecting Considerations of Age, Race, and More

    By Denny Chan. This article originally appeared on the Justice In Aging blog.

    Like many older adults, Dorothy, the 72-year-old Chinese American in Seattle’s Chinatown, has had a tough year. She has been coping by mostly quarantining alone, with loved ones occasionally stopping by to bring essential groceries and household items. Months had passed by since she left the floor of her senior housing building, and one day when she went downstairs to her mailbox, she was startled to realize that she had forgotten how to open the mailbox door. Little things like that, on top of having to celebrate her upcoming 73rd birthday alone – contrary to the usual large family celebration with games and food – continue.... Read More

                 

    Study Seeks to Understand Arab American Health During COVID-19

    By Hassan Abbas. This article originally appeared in Arab American News.

    DEARBORN — A new research project seeks to better understand how social and behavioral aspects of everyday life affect the health and wellness of those aged 65 and older in Metro Detroit.

    A special component of this research, led by University of Michigan professor Kristine Ajrouch, PhD, will study the social components of health among Arab Americans in the age group, who have often been overlooked in past studies due to certain limitations.

    As such, households in the Arab American enclave of Dearborn can expect to receive letters from the Detroit Area Wellness Network (DAWN) project starting in January, asking if there are qualified adults in their homes who would.... Read More

                 

    It’s Time to Meet the Needs of African American and Black Caregivers

    This article originally appeared on the American Society on Aging, Generations Today.

    Editor’s Note: This article represents the first in a series by the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) to be published in Generations Today. Articles are connected to ASA-hosted webinars; see end of article to register. The series of articles by the DEC highlights research from The Caregiving Initiative, a multiyear research project funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation.

    As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it is becoming increasingly clear that the virus disproportionately affects communities of color, American Indian, Alaska Native and LGBT communities. Of those affected, perhaps one of the most overlooked groups are diverse family caregivers who may be simultaneously caring for families, aging loved ones and.... Read More

                 

    SAGE’s COVID-19 Response

    This article originally appeared on the SAGE blog.

    SAGE is committed to keeping our community and staff safe in the face of COVID-19. As we continue to navigate this global pandemic, we are reminded daily of the isolation and unique needs that our community faces. SAGE’s response to COVID-19 has required flexibility, innovation, and new approaches to challenges. Learn more about how SAGE is continuing to provide LGBT elders with programs, services, and support during this time.

     

     

    Direct services with NY’s Department for the Aging

    Since ceasing in-person congregate programming in mid-March, at the direction of NYC government, SAGE has.... Read More

                 

    Leading During the Most Uncertain of Times

    by Katrina Dizon Mariategue. This article originally appeared on the SEARAC blog.

    In August of this year, the SEARAC team hosted a virtual farewell for our fearless leader and Executive Director of over eight years, Quyen Dinh, as she prepared for her well-earned and much needed sabbatical. After six months of intense coaching and training, I suddenly found myself steering SEARAC’s work as an ally in the midst of a global pandemic, mass anxiety over the upcoming elections, and nationwide protests in support of the movement for black lives.

    Internally, the SEARAC team also went through a lot of change as we welcomed and onboarded five new staff in a span of a few months, growing.... Read More

                 

    Caring for Those Who Care: Meeting the Needs of Southeast Asian American Caregivers

    This article originally appeared on American Society on Aging.

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 Start time 11:00 AM Pacific End time 12:30 PM Pacific Diverse Elders Coalition The John A Hartford Foundation SEARAC RRF Foundation for Aging Sponsored by the Diverse Elders Coalition Register now for FREE

    Includes complimentary CEs

    To request speech-to-text captioning during this event, please contact us.

    This webinar will help providers further their understanding of the experiences of Southeast Asian American caregivers and improve their multicultural capacities to meet these caregivers’ needs. This webinar.... Read More

                 

    Sothy Neou

    This video originally appeared on NAPCA’s blog.

     

    Sothy Neou shares his story from surviving the infamous Khmer Rouge of Cambodia to seeking employment in the United States. Sothy’s story is one of courage, perseverance, and determination

    As we continue to celebrate 40 for 40 – sharing the stories of our participants, current and past, you can read more stories. You can also donate now to support more seniors like.... Read More

                 

    Advice for Caregivers and People Living with Dementia

    This article originally appeared on SF Bay Times.

     

    By Dr. Marcy Adelman–

    Shelly has been living with Alzheimer’s for several years now. Her wife Joan is her caregiver. Joan emailed me in search of a referral to someone who could advise her about Shelly’s sleep medications, which are no long working effectively. Shelly used to sleep through the night, but now Joan often finds Shelly standing by the front door in the middle of night.

    Joan has secured the door in such a way that Shelly cannot open it by herself. She is not worried about Shelly opening the door and wandering off, a common occurrence in Shelly’s stage of Alzheimer’s. But she is worried that Shelly’s.... Read More

                 

    Vaccination Rates Among American Indians

    This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

    Immunization against childhood diseases is regarded as one of the greatest public health achievements in the United States and worldwide. The benefit of vaccinations has been particularly notable for American Indian and Alaska Native people, who have suffered disproportionately from infectious diseases compared with the general U.S. population. Vaccination coverage among American Indian children is higher than national coverage levels for most vaccines. This finding contrasts with overall coverage estimates among all American Indians, which usually are slightly below national coverage levels.

    From 2006 to 2010, CDC researchers reported that although disparities existed between white and American Indian and Alaska Native populations in 2001 to 2004, the findings from the latest surveys showed.... Read More

                 

    Caring for Those Who Care: Meeting the Needs of LGBT Caregivers

    This article originally appeared on American Society on Aging.

    Sponsored by Diverse Elders Coalition Register now for FREE

    Includes complimentary CEs

    If you require ADA accommodation to participate in this web seminar, please contact us at your earliest convenience to make arrangements.

    This webinar will help providers further their understanding of the experiences of LGBT caregivers and improve their multicultural capacities to meet caregiver’s needs. This webinar is part of the cultural competency training curriculum created by the staff of the Diverse Elders Coalition and its six member organizations, with the support of a grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation. Much of the research and many statistics cited in the training were the result.... Read More

                 
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