At the Diverse Elders Coalition, we strive to lift up the stories and experiences of the communities we serve not just during their designated History or Heritage Months, but all year long. That said, Black History Month is a time when the stories of our Black elders are at the forefront of the nation’s consciousness, and we are thrilled to highlight the needs, the challenges, and the resiliencies of those communities.
Many of today’s Black elders risked their lives and courageously led the movement to fight racial inequality and bestow upon us the many freedoms we enjoy today. The 1950s and 1960s were turbulent moments in U.S. history—a time when racial segregation and discrimination were at the epicenter.... Read More
Join us in DC to Speak Up About Aging in Our Communities
The need for the voices of diverse elders is more apparent than ever before. With the introduction of each new piece of legislation that threatens older adults in this country — such as the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and immigration policies that will separate families and caregivers — it becomes even more important for us to speak up, tell our stories, and push back against policies that will devastate our communities.
Join us! On Thursday, February 23rd at 10am EST, the Diverse Elders Coalition will be hosting a Congressional Briefing in Washington, DC to release our new report, “Aging with Health and Dignity: Diverse Elders Speak Up.” This report is based on the nearly 5,000 comments.... Read More
Earlier this month, a record number of ethnically diverse congressional representatives were sworn into the 115th Congress. Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) congressional members reached an all-time record of eighteen Representatives and Senators, up from fourteen AAPI members in the 114th Congress.
Judy Chu, a Representative from the 27th Congressional District of Southern California, is the Chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). Following the election, Rep. Chu noted that the increasing number of AAPI congressional members “serve as a testament to the growing political influence of the AAPI community and the diversity we represent.” CAPAC was established in 1994 with the purpose of ensuring that US Congress provides full participation, addresses the contributions, and.... Read More
I had the honor of attending a White House Initiative on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans listening session earlier this week, hosted by India Home‘s Desi Senior Center in Queens, NY. New York City is home to the largest Bangladeshi population in the United States, a community that increased in size by nearly 500% from 1990 to 2000. The 2012 US Census found that nearly 50,000 Bangladeshi people call New York City home, 74% of whom were born outside of the United States, and 53% of whom are limited English proficient. This population, like many of the populations represented and supported by the Diverse Elders Coalition, has unique needs as they age, and I was glad to.... Read More
SAGE Stands Firm on Agenda for Older LGBT Americans in Wake of General Election
At SAGE we see the results of this week’s election through our commitment to building an equitable world where all LGBT elders are valued and have boundless opportunities. SAGE’s commitment is shaped by our core values, which include diversity, respect and compassion.
With a corrosive election season behind us, we now must put aside divisive rhetoric and exclusionary proposals that fly in the face of our values in favor of a national governing agenda that addresses the pain and inequities that so many Americans face. One that honors all.... Read More
LGBT Elders Send Powerful Message to Federal Administration for Community Living
In 2016, SAGE delivered more than 2,800 comments to the Federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) regarding a plan that would guide state aging offices in allocating resources for diverse elders as they age – including, for the very first time, LGBT older people. The comments from SAGE’s members and allies were collected as part of a collaborative effort led by the Diverse Elders Coalition.
It’s the afternoon in the Atlanta area and Charles “Chuck” Ware is fielding questions by phone about the importance of voting in Election 2016. At the same time, the grassroots advocate is speaking with someone nearby.
“Have him fill it out. We’ll take it in,” Ware, 86, says to a mom who picked up a voter registration form for her college-age son.
Election 2016, no doubt, will bring significant political change, as the nation chooses between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart Donald Trump on Nov. 8.
The fastest growing segment of the AAPI population is older adults. There care an estimated 1.9 million AAPI older adults in the United States today, and by 2050, this population is projected to quadruple to 7.6 million.
The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) submitted a video presentation that took a creative approach to utilize multiple datasets, survey and listening session results, and federal reports, to advocate for a better implementation and expansion of required targeting.... Read More
“I’m sick of worrying about how I’m going to make it from one day to the next.”
On September 8, a group of advocates and stakeholders met in Washington, DC and on the phone from around the country to attend the Social Security Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Briefing. Bonnie Kind, the Associate Commissioner for Budget, began the meeting by discussing the FY17 budget for the Social Security Administration. On average, Bonnie reported, 68 million people receive Social Security benefits each month – and Social Security benefits keep 21 million people out of poverty each year. Unfortunately, Social Security is facing budget challenges that may impact SSA’s ability to deliver quality services to its recipients. Claims are.... Read More
Organizations Join SAGE and Sign-On for Better Services for LGBT Elders Nationwide
This letter was originally emailed to Greg Link at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) as a part of the Diverse Elders Coalition’s #TellACL campaign. The letter can also be found on the SAGE blog.
RE: Request for New Information Collection for a Program Instruction on Guidance for the Development and Submission of State Plans on Aging, State Plan Amendments and Intrastate Funding Formula
Dear Mr. Link:
The undersigned organizations appreciate the efforts the Obama Administration and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) have made, and the leadership they have shown, in addressing the challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults.
As a population that is too often invisible and whose needs go.... Read More