In March 2016, a gunman killed three people in Milwaukee, WI, telling them before the killing, “You guys got to go.” Initial reports indicate that the shooter deliberately targeted the families because they were immigrants. Our member organization, the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), put out a press release shortly after the murders, condemning the killing and asking the nation to take better care of its immigrant families.
Since the press release (bel0w), the Milwaukee police have begun meeting with the Hmong community to discuss crime and safety — something that has never happened before. There is also a petition you can sign that asks the judge to prosecute the murders as a hate crime. We stand with SEARAC.... Read More
April is Financial Literacy Month, and we’re commemorating the occasion with a series of blog posts from DEC members about economic security and financial resources for our elders. Today’s blog post originally appeared on the NICOA blog.
by Christine Herman
Making good financial decisions isn’t easy. Despite the fact that we gain knowledge over the course of our lives, as Elders it actually becomes more difficult to make sound financial choices. As part of the aging process some may experience a decline in decision-making ability. Cognitive impairment and conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can accelerate the decline of decision-making ability.
But it’s not just our ability to understand financial situations that makes it difficult. The world is increasingly.... Read More
Financial Literacy: Tips and Tricks for LGBT Elders
April is Financial Literacy Month, and we’re commemorating the occasion with a series of blog posts from DEC members about economic security and financial resources for our elders. Today’s blog post originally appeared on the SAGE blog.
by Harry Breaux, a member of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation‘s Elizabeth Taylor 50+ Network. Harry turned 71 on March 21, 2016. He is one of the long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS featured in the documentary “Last Men Standing.” This documentary, the first by the San Francisco Chronicle, will premiere tonight at the Castro Theater in San Francisco.
Recently I found myself upset with a friend and realized how small my life had become. Years ago, I was educated to be a successful something-or-other, and I tried for years to accomplish that very goal. However, once.... Read More
Our guest blog post today is courtesy of Maj. General Tony Taguba (Ret.). General Taguba is the National Chairman of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP), a non profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about Filipino WWII veterans and their contributions to the United States and to the Philippines. The second highest ranking Filipino American in the U.S. Army during his tenure, he is the proud son of a World War II veteran and also serves as a Community Ambassdor for AARP.
* In the interest of transparency, National Managing Coordinator Ben de Guzman serves on the Executive Committee of FilVetREP.
April is National Minority Health Month! We join the US Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health in recognizing the health disparities that continue to affect diverse communities across the United States. Ample research suggests that communities of color in the United States face barriers to health and greater health disparities when compared to white communities, including availability and affordability of healthy food, incidence of diabetes, rates of HIV infection, access to healthcare, and the use and abuse of tobacco and alcohol, just to name a few.
The stress of our nation’s history of.... Read More
Strong leaders and leadership are the cornerstone of success. Great leaders set the direction, build an innovative and inspiring vision, align others with that vision, and mobilize their team to make impact. They have the ability to change the world.
The American Society on Aging (ASA) recently held their annual Aging in America Conference in Washington D.C. There were over 3,000 attendees from across the country learning about how to better serve and promote quality of life for older adults. As the field of aging transforms, ASA has a particular focus on cultivating a new generation of leaders. The ASA Leadership Institute is a five-day experience that offers individuals the opportunity to grow through a series of.... Read More
By Maria F. Mata. This post originally appeared on Medium.com.
Last summer, a group of colleagues and I went to Dallas to coordinate a series of activities for Latino older adults that included an open forum with seniors, local leaders, and representatives from private and government agencies that work on aging issues. Dallas welcomed us with warmness and kindness from residents, ample sunshine, and many stories that touched my soul.
Part of my research work was to collect data and testimonies to be included in a final report on the status of Hispanic older adults in Dallas, focusing on retirement security and other related topics. It is.... Read More
Getting In The Game at the 2016 Aging in America Conference
The Diverse Elders Coalition and its five member organizations had a large presence at this year’s Aging in America Conference, which wrapped up last week in Washington, DC. Coincidentally, aging issues in America got a boost at the same time, as the U.S. House of Representatives took a critical vote on the Older Americans Act. While it was exciting to be in the same space as thousands of other people in the aging network while this major legislative hurdle was passed, the conference itself offered reminders of how much work there is still left to do to make sure diverse elders and their needs are being served.
With over 21 sessions, the DEC and its.... Read More
Almost five years ago I retired from a 13-year job that I loved. It was time. And it was also frightening. Work gave me purpose and a place to belong. Would I find that same fulfillment now as a retired person? I had decided to write a book about my journey with my transgender son and also I seemed to be moving in the direction of becoming something I knew nothing about: an LGBTQ activist. Sometimes you just have to follow your heart and take a leap of faith. So that is what I did.
During these past five years, I have learned that my greatest power lies in being myself. I.... Read More