This article originally appeared in Spanish on the NHCOA blog.
In the United States, more than 40% of adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, however, most approved COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to provide a level of adequate protection.
Delaying a second dose of the vaccine could put people at risk for any of the new variants and “are dangerously vulnerable to infection with variants that weaken the effects of antibodies,” according to recent statements by Dr. Anthony Faucci, chief epidemiologist. of the White House.
Another dangerous point is that, when receiving the first dose, and not returning for the second, the person runs the risk of being left with a false sense of security. You may even mistakenly.... Read More
This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog. It is also available in Spanish.
Every day, the number of older people living with HIV in the country and in the world increases. One reason is because treatments have improved and are helping people with the disease live longer. In the United States, almost half of the people with HIV are 50 years of age or older, many of whom were diagnosed with the virus when they were younger.
Yet thousands of older people get HIV each year, and most are less likely to be tested than younger people, so they may not know they have HIV. The signs of HIV / AIDS can be confused with the aches and pains of.... Read More
By Sally Ching. This article originally appeared on the SEARAC blog.
I knew from a very young age that I wanted to dedicate my life to fighting inequities. In what capacity, however, was something I struggled to identify until later in my life. I considered various career options and nearly pursued a few of them. It wasn’t until I reflected on the reason why this work was so important to me that I realized, no matter what I did, community always had to be at the center.
My parents came to the United States as Southeast Asian refugees. Like many immigrant parents, they encouraged me to work hard as a means for social mobility and instilled in me the.... Read More
Why understanding the impact of the pandemic in Detroit’s Bangladeshi community is more complicated than you think.
Growing up in my Bangladeshi family in Hamtramck, I could literally hear someone turn on the shower next door. In the summer months, I could almost eavesdrop on entire conversations taking place through the windows. When I was younger, I remember having to keep the curtains closed at all times because our neighbors could see everything in our home if we left them open.
With homes less than five feet away from each other, often separated by only a narrow breezeway, people are cramped into one or two-story bungalows and two-flats. In some cases, two or three families live in intergenerational.... Read More
A Caregiver’s Guide to Visiting your Loved One in a Hospital or Nursing Home During COVID-19
COVID-19 restrictions have made it difficult to visit your loved one if they live in a nursing home or are in the hospital. While these restrictions exist to keep everyone safe, it can be emotionally distressing for both you and your loved one to go for extended periods of time without seeing one another. The following are helpful tips that you can use to approach the issue of visiting your loved one in a hospital or nursing home during COVID-19:
Family Caregivers are Essential
Nursing homes and hospitals have enacted policies to protect workers, patients, and family caregivers from COVID-19. But it often leaves family caregivers.... Read More
Op-ed: It’s Time to Make Dementia Patients and Their Caregivers COVID19 Priorities
The co-authors of this piece are listed below the article.
There’s a hidden crisis playing out in the shadows of COVID-19. It is one of many insidious injustices that have long plagued Black and Latino communities and families: dementia. New research finds that Black Americans with dementia are nearly three times as likely as White people to become infected with COVID-19.
The time is long overdue for our public health actions to make abundantly clear that people with dementia and the many caregivers who love them are not disposable.
On the ranch where Gabriela Navarrete was raised in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, she learned early on that the land could provide what she needed to cure her ills. Mesquite bark, olive oil, corn vinegar and baking soda were useful for treating everything from joint pains to throat infections. In case of indigestion, the medicine was a good old stomach rub.
Navarrete, 69, passed on to her three daughters and one son the lesson that “everything natural is what is good for the body.”
So when the COVID-19 pandemic began, she quickly stocked up.... Read More
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
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
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
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.
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