A Mother’s Take: Living Above the Line

This article originally appeared in the Pacific Citizen.

Recently, I received a message from a mother who asked me, “How do you deal with all the hatred that is in the world?” She has a transgender son, and so I knew her question was directed at me because I, too, have a transgender son, and there are so many states that are trying to implement laws against our children.

I gave her a concise answer about looking for the blessings around me and focusing on what is positive in my life rather than focusing on the negativity that often consumes the news, but her question caused me to reflect even further.

For those of you who know me.... Read More

             

Engaging diverse elders in the voting booth and beyond

revised headshotby Kevin Simowitz, Political Director at Caring Across Generations. Before working with Caring Across, Kevin was the organizing director at Maine People’s Alliance and worked as a community organizer at Virginia Organizing. 

The Diverse Elders Coalition has partnered with Caring Across Generations for a project that aims to engage communities of color, American Indian/Alaska Native communities, and LGBTQ communities in the months leading up to the 2016 US Presidential election. This project is twofold: first, we will rally our elders to submit comments to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) on how the federal government can better.... Read More

             

Shattering Stigma: Tell Your Story for Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and at the Diverse Elders Coalition, we’re working to shine a spotlight on the unique mental health needs of our elders of color, American Indian/Alaska Native elders, and LGBTQ elders.

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Research by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that mental illness affects one in five American adults, yet nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment. For American Indian/Alaska Native communities, as many as 28% of adults may be living with a mental illness; LGBTQ adults experience even higher rates of.... Read More

             

Two Stories from the Frontlines of Millennial Caregiving

As Alzheimer’s and brain awareness month comes to a close, I want to highlight two powerful stories that underscore trends that deserve greater attention: the growing impact of Alzheimer’s on communities of color and the growth of the millennial caregiver.

UsAgainstAlzheimer’s recently partnered with Genius of Caring, a web-based initiative that documents the growing impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia on families, to present the story of Kamaria Moore, 30, and her mother Mary, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 58. Kamaria is a new homeowner, recently engaged, and solely responsible for her mother’s intensive care.

Kamaria’s experience highlights the growing impact of dementia on African Americans, a community three times more.... Read More

             

St. Martin’s LGBTQ Elders Find Strength in Families of Choice

In the Austin community on the Westside of Chicago, Father Chris Griffin serves a diverse congregation of elders, adults and youth at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. St. Martin’s is an open and affirming space offering a safe haven for LGBTQ people. In the shadow of the Orlando shooting, Father Chris speaks with me about the senior ministry team and the importance of embracing our elders and their families of choice during this emotional time.

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Q: How does St. Martin’s embrace the LGBTQ elder community?
Fr. Chris: Our seniors play an important role within the various ministries of the.... Read More

             

Asian American and Pacific Islander Cultural Competency Webinar Series

It’s been nine months since the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) started the technical assistance project with Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) and State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) grantees, which was enabled by a grant from the Administration for Community Living. From the start of the project, NAPCA has been busy creating culturally- and linguistically-appropriate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) resources, training, and materials for SMP and SHIP grantees to help them better reach and serve limited English proficient (LEP) AAPI Medicare beneficiaries.

NAPCA recently developed an AAPI Cultural Competency Webinar Training Series, and conducted the first of three webinars for SMP, SHIP, and Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) grantees,.... Read More

             

The Power of Generations, Part I: Grandchildren & Grandparents

I am carrying my eight-month old grandson around the house, trying to help him let go and go to sleep. As I chant “Ne-ne Ko-ko, Ne-ne Ko-ko, Ne-ne Ko-ko, Yoh-oh” (sleep baby, sleep baby) over and over, I remember my grandmother carrying me on her back before my afternoon nap, chanting the same thing. I can almost feel myself in both roles at the same time – grandchild, grandparent. A special magnetism helps span these generational roles.

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While my relationships with son, daughter and elderly mother are very active and dominated by the present, when I interact with my grandson and my granddaughter I’m often thinking about my past and their future. I am remembering my.... Read More

             

Exercise for a Healthy Life

by Christine Herman, NCAREE Technical Communications Manager for NICOA. This Post originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

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While there are many factors that contribute to good health, diet and exercise remain key. In the not so distant past, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) communities were largely untouched by the types of chronic disease that now plague us, like diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. From the traditional diets to the higher levels of physical activity, AI/AN lifestyles were naturally healthier than those led by people in general today.

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NHCOA Promotes Leadership, Advocacy and Community-Driven Solutions at Miami Open Forum

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This post originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) brought together more than 100 elected officials, social advocates and service providers along with members of the older adult population in an open forum in the Miami-Dade College InterAmerican Campus on June 9th. This safe space gave those present the opportunity to discuss solutions to issues such as economic insecurity, hunger and unaffordable housing.

I am really excited about our forum as this is an important year. It is not only an election year, but it is also.... Read More

             

LGBTQ Families of Choice Devastated By an Act of Terrorism

This morning I woke to sadness and heartbreak, hoping still that the nightmare was not a reality. As I searched for morning traffic reports, all stations and channels were reporting updates on the weekend tragedy that rocked the nation and hit my LGBT community at the core. The Orlando shooting not only penetrated the hearts of so many families of origin, but even more families of choice.

I heard a disturbing request by officials asking that only “family” contact their information hotline, as they are attempting to confirm identification of the victims. I was saddened to think that many families of choice may be the only family that confirms the identity of some victims. The reality is that our.... Read More

             
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