The Diverse Elders Coalition came together in 2010 to imagine policy solutions that would improve the lives of elders of color and LGBT elders. Already, we have seen some advocacy wins and this summer we released a historic report on the economic security issues facing our communities.
Now we’re trying to grow our visibility and build a national online movement for diverse elders. Watch the video below and help us spread the word!
The Older Americans Act (OAA) serves as the country’s leading vehicle for delivering services to older people nationwide, providing more than $2 billion annually in nutrition and social services. Since its enactment in 1965, the OAA has aimed to ensure that older people have the supports they need to age in good health and with broad community support. It places an emphasis on more vulnerable elders who face multiple barriers that can aggravate economic insecurity, social isolation, and various health challenges related to aging.
Yet strangely, despite ample evidence of their heightened vulnerability and their need for unique aging supports, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older people are invisible in this landmark law. As the OAA comes up for.... Read More
Empowering Diverse Older Americans to Become Civically Engaged
“[NHCOA is] multiplying leadership through us. If these thirty some people trained today can reach at least two people, in one or two weeks we will double. And, in few more weeks, they will train others and we will multiply again, and so forth.” – Maria Teresa Guzman, Empowerment and Civic Engagement Trainings (ECET)
When civic engagement comes to mind, we may think of youth mobilization and empowerment. Although engaging our younger generations is crucial, it is equally as important to empower older voters. Yet as the growth of the older American population quickly outpaces that of youth, we see certain segments of this population becoming increasingly isolated.
That is why we need to ensure the voice of older.... Read More
‘Elders Support Families in Economic, Emotional, and Spiritual Ways’
BY DOUA THOR, FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SOUTHEAST ASIA RESOURCE ACTION CENTER (SEARAC)
My grandmother helped raised almost all of the grandchildren in our family at some point or another. My grandmother had nine children and because my family came to the United States as refugees, most of our parents had to work multiple jobs. My parents, aunts, and uncles were grateful to have her support. At the federal level, we separate the issues of elders from the rest of the population in policy discussions. Sometimes, those issues are even pitted against each other, and we are made to think that providing for elders means that there is less for young people. On the ground in communities, however, the lives and.... Read More
Photos from Diverse Elders Coalition Capitol Hill Briefing
The congressional briefing hosted on July 25 by the Diverse Elders Coalition, held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, was a great success! Thank you to all who attended to hear more about out new policy report and issues facing our diverse elder communities. Here are a few photos from the briefing, taken by DC-based photographer Astrid Riecken. Enjoy!
If you’re in the Washington, DC area next Wednesday, join the Diverse Elders Coalition for a briefing on the economic issues, and proposed policy solutions, facing vulnerable older people, including Black elders; Hispanic elders; Asian and Pacific Islander elders; American Indian and Alaska Native elders; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders.
Securing Our Future: A Capitol Hill Briefing on Advancing Economic Security for Diverse Elders Wednesday, July 25, 2012 10 am – 12 pm Room SD-562, on the north side of the Capitol in the Dirksen Senate Office.... Read More