May is recognized as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. From modest beginnings when President Carter signed a Joint Resolution on October 5, 1978 marking the first ten days of May as “Asian-Pacific Heritage Week,” to 1992, when the entire month of May became officially recognized as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), it has become an opportunity to lift up the experiences of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Across the country, communities, organizations, and governments at local, state, and regional levels celebrate the month in a variety of ways, including cultural performances, political discussions, and other activities.
The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) is one of the five Diverse Elders Coalition members. NAPCA recently selected a new CEO, Dr. Wesley Lum. Below is the announcement from NAPCA about Dr. Lum’s appointment. We at the DEC are looking forward to working with Dr. Lum to continue to make positive change for AAPI elders.
After an extensive nationwide search, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) Board of Directors has selected Dr. Wesley Lum to be the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer effective April 1.
“We’re very excited to have someone with Dr. Lum’s impressive credentials to lead NAPCA,” said David Cohen, chairman of NAPCA’s Board of Directors. “He has the vision and talent.... Read More
Reflections from the WHCOA 2015 Seattle Regional Forum
On April 2, the White House Conference on Aging hosted its third in a series of five Regional Forums in Seattle, WA at the Bell Harbor International Center. With our member organization the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging a hop, skip, and a jump away in downtown Seattle, and a diverse elder population in the city and region that includes significant tribal populations, the Diverse Elders Coalition identified this Regional Forum as a key opportunity to lift up the profile of its member groups and the constituencies we all serve.
Approximately 200 people attended the Forum, which opened up.... Read More
The 2015 Aging in America Conference: First Time Experiences and Diverse Perspectives
The 2015 Aging in America Conference wraps up today in Chicago, IL. This week has provided a unique opportunity for the Diverse Elders Coalition and its members to share their work and connect with thousands of other participants from around the country working on issues of concern for elders. As a first time attendee, I was particularly impressed with (and maybe a bit overwhelmed by) the size and scope of the conference.
I kicked off the conference on the first day with a morning session talking about HIV/AIDS as part of an inter-generational dialogue entitled “Being Gay Ain’t What it Used to Be” with my colleague and friend, Read More
Fred Korematsu Day and George Takei: Asian Americans and Civil Rights for ALL
Last week, our blog noted the nation’s celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This week, our friends in California are recognizing the contributions made by the life and legacy of Fred Korematsu. Since 2010, California state legislation has designated January 30 as Fred Korematsu Day. To mark the 5th anniversary of this commemoration, the Fred Korematsu Institute in San Francisco is hosting a special evening featuring the inimitable George Takei.
Fred Korematsu’s actions in defiance of the incarceration of Americans of Japanese ancestry by the U.S. government.... Read More
This week, we wanted to spend some time sharing some of the fast moving information happening at the federal level. The items below are drawn from government sources, Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) members, and important partners.
This past Monday, the nation celebrated Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The ideals he worked and sacrificed for inform our work and we dedicate this blog post to him, his family, and his legacy.
We at DEC are hard at work on a variety of fronts. Our #SignUpB4TimesUp campaign is up and running- check out our blog for the tools to help raise awareness about the second enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act and what it means for our.... Read More
Sign Up Before Time’s Up: DEC’s ACA Enrollment Campaign
With just one month left in the second round of enrollment for the Marketplace to get health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Diverse Elders Coalition is launching “Sign Up Before the Time’s Up”- a mini campaign for ACA enrollment.
Until the February 15 deadline, new participants can sign up for health care coverage in the Marketplace. Those that are currently receiving health care coverage in the exchange can make adjustments to their plans. Note that American Indians/ Alaska Natives that are members of federally recognized tribes are not subject to deadlines and can enroll at any time.
Many AAPI leaders list elder abuse as a top 10 priority issue according to a National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) survey of community-ased organizations. However, elder abuse is not well addressed in the AAPI communities. How much do we know about the seriousness of elder abuse in the AAPI community? Do AAPI elders experience elder abuse differently from other older adults because of their language barriers and cultural.... Read More
Senior Wellness Fairs: Bringing Health Education and Screening to a Vulnerable Population
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) older adults are often in vulnerable positions when it comes to taking care of their health. AAPI seniors face many barriers including: a lack of adequate health insurance, language barriers, cultural beliefs, changes in their diet after immigration, and a lack of resources and information. Many older AAPI adults have less access to health screening opportunities compared to the general population. In order to help address these issues, senior health fairs can be a good way for AAPI seniors to check their health status.
October is an important month for adults needing to secure insurance coverage. Not only is October 1st open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace, but October 15th is the beginning of the Medicare Part D Open Enrollment period. Once enrolled in a prescription drug plan, it’s easy to forget the importance of checking annually to make sure your current plan is the most appropriate and cost effective.
The lack of in-language assistance available to Asian American and Pacific Islander elders makes it challenging for many to.... Read More