This release originally appeared on the SAGE website on March 26, 2020.
[New York, NY] Today, the Older Americans Act reauthorization was signed into law with provisions that will help ensure that LGBT elders get the services and support they need to remain independent. SAGE, the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people, has spent years working with our allies in Congress, the LGBT community, and the aging sector to push for this inclusion and celebrates this victory for the LGBT community. This legislation is especially timely given the sobering risks LGBT elders face during the current COVID-19 pandemic and their heightened need for inclusive services and care.
Developed by the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the Elder Index tool is used to measure the income older people need to meet their daily living expenses while staying independent in their own homes. The Elder Index tool is specific to household size, location, housing and health status, unlike the Federal Poverty Level, another index used to assess income level.
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Diverse Elders Coalition urges policy changes to protect diverse older adults from COVID-19
New York, NY — Today, the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) issued a plea to Congress in support of policy changes and protective measures to limit the impact of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, on older adults from communities of color, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.
“People 60 years of age and older and those with underlying health conditions (e.g., diabetes, HIV, heart disease, and lung disease), are most vulnerable to getting sick or even dying from COVID-19. Many of the communities we represent already.... Read More
Giving Visibility to Southeast Asian American Journeys
The daughter of Cambodian refugees, Jennifer Tang grew up with her family of five in a small apartment in Chinatown, where gang violence was not uncommon, and poverty was evident.
“And yet, I always had a sense of hope because I could see what world was possible through my amazing public schools and libraries,” said Tang, a teacher and SEARAC Leadership and Advocacy Training alumnus who resides in Monterey Park, CA. “I knew that if I studied hard, I could become whatever I wanted to be. And if many of my peers studied hard, the circumstances of our community could improve.”
SEARAC, together with our friends at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, had the.... Read More
Get Counted: For Your Family, Your Community, and Your Future
Participating in the 2020 Census is especially critical for communities of color as they are most susceptible to be undercounted. Although a fair and accurate count is a constitutional mandate, African Americans and Blacks have been undercounted in the U.S. Census for decades. This means their families and neighborhoods miss out on community-based resources and representation on council seats, county commissions, juries, state legislatures, in Congress, and billions of federal government dollars allocated for local, state, and.... Read More
Hágase Contar: Hispanic older adults must be counted by the 2020 Census
Did you know? Hispanic/Latino* households in the United States are at risk of being undercounted by the 2020 Census. Latinos have been undercounted for decades, disadvantaging our families, communities, and neighborhoods. Today, there are 56.5 million Hispanics living in the United States, and roughly one in three live in hard-to-count census tracts. This year, a record 32 million Latinos are projected to be eligible to vote in the 2020 presidential elections.
Why has the U.S. government undercounted the Latino population?
There are many reasons why Latinos have historically been.... Read More
Why The New ‘Public Charge’ Rule Could Hit Older Immigrants Hard
by Jaya Padmanabhan. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.
Devyani Dave immigrated from India to California in 1995 in her early 60s to live near her son and his family. Her green card was sponsored by her son (who prefers not to reveal his name), a citizen who came to the U.S. in 1973. When Dave arrived to start her new life, she had no health insurance and relied on her son to support her. Now, sitting on a bench at Priya Living, a senior community facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Dave said she feels fortunate to be in close proximity to her only child, especially as she ages.
But some immigration experts say the.... Read More
Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities Count: 2020 Census and AAPI Older Adults
The phrase “Asian American and Pacific Islander” is an umbrella term encompassing millions of people in the United States, including nearly 50 different ethnic subgroups speaking more than 100 languages. The incredible diversity of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) communities – when coupled with geographic isolation, uncertainty or apathy around the census, and fear of government entities – means that AAPIs are at a high risk of not being counted in the 2020 Census.
During the State of the Union, President Trump touted his administration’s progress on expanding paid leave for parents who work for the federal government. According to the President, “As we support America’s moms and dads, I was recently proud to sign the law providing new parents in the Federal workforce paid family leave, serving as a model for the rest of the country.” While this accomplishment is undoubtedly worthy of praise, it also highlights the unfinished work of establishing a comprehensive paid leave policy that values diverse forms of caregiving, from the cradle to later life.
Our nation’s 41 million family caregivers remain shamefully undervalued, even as our.... Read More
One of the biggest challenges of aging is securing economic stability while productivity progressively decreases. This seems harder to achieve in Massachusetts, as it has the worst financial security numbers for older adults, shows a recent study by the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMass Boston).
More than half of people 65 or older in the state live alone, and a third of those living as a couple do not have enough money to cover their basic needs on their own (housing, transportation, health care.... Read More