In just a few short years, the U.S. will have more seniors than youth under 18 for the first time in history. Yet today, our seniors face a host of difficulties that prevent them from aging with dignity, the best possible health and security. This is especially true of Hispanic older adults and other diverse seniors. Twenty percent of Hispanic older adults live in poverty and many more live in economic insecurity, often marked by hunger and a lack of quality housing and medical care. In addition, many Hispanic seniors lack access to long-term services and supports and are victims of financial abuse, neglect and fraud.
Please Note: This Op-Ed first appeared in the Gay City News. You can find the original here.
After the Supreme Court’s decision for marriage equality in late June, 26 million friends of the LGBTQ community showed their support — at least on that issue —by putting a rainbow filter over their Facebook profile picture. Ultimately, the freedom to marry and #LoveWins became a “sexy” way for new allies to express their solidarity en masse. It was easy — by clicking a button the supporter and supported both could feel good basking in the glow of new equality and community. I won’t critique the value of the effort – I have to admit that when I.... Read More
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NAPCA’s Response to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging
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I resonated with JoAnn Jenkins’ presentation on “disruptive aging” whereby she challenged us to redefine what it means to age. When applying this concept to our spheres of influence in our aging network, I believe that we need to (1) be open to new philosophies and values that root us in our missions, (2).... Read More
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The Diverse Elders Coalition Launches a Policy Report and Blog