Civic Engagement: One Week Left to #TellACL!

Next Monday, August 22nd, is the deadline for submitting your comments to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) about what diverse communities need to age successfully. Our #TellACL campaign has encouraged elders around the country to speak up about what matters to us as we get older.

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On Thursday, August 11th, the Diverse Elders Coalition and Caring Across Generations hosted an online day of action around the #TellACL campaign, including a Twitter chat. This chat brought together elders, caregivers, and advocacy organizations from around the country to talk about the needs of American Indian/Alaska.... Read More

             

Civic Engagement: Join us for a #TellACL Online Day of Action on 8/11

Have you heard about our #TellACL civic engagement campaign with Caring Across Generations? We want our communities to tell the Administration for Community Living (ACL) what we need to age successfully. Whether that means aging services in your native language, better access to healthcare that accounts for cultural traditions, better data collection on your community, or something else, we want to hear from you!

Twitter Chat 01This Thursday, August 11th, at 2pm EDT, we’ll be hosting a Twitter chat using hashtag #TellACL. We hope you’ll join us to talk.... Read More

             

We Need Paid Family Leave NOW

At least 43 million workers in the United States do not have access to any sick days in the workplace; many more cannot utilize paid sick time to care for their child or a family member. Everyone gets sick sometimes, or experiences the sickness of someone in their family, but not everyone can afford to take the time off that they may need. Only five states, 29 cities, and one county across the nation have paid sick time laws, and although this is an improvement from a few years ago when the idea of paid leave was rarely discussed, it is not nearly enough. No one should have to make the choice between caring for their.... Read More

             

Civic Engagement: Your Voice Matters!

This letter was originally published on the NICOA website on July 19, 2016. Read the original here.

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Dear Elder,

Ya’at’eeh! I am reaching out to you to share about a timely opportunity that we have for your voice be heard by the Administration for Community Living and state aging network. But we need to act quickly!

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is requesting public comment to help hold the Aging Network accountable for meeting the needs of Elders in Indian Country. I am appealing to you to take just one minute of your time to sign our.... Read More

             

NHCOA Promotes Leadership, Advocacy and Community-Driven Solutions at Miami Open Forum

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This post originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) brought together more than 100 elected officials, social advocates and service providers along with members of the older adult population in an open forum in the Miami-Dade College InterAmerican Campus on June 9th. This safe space gave those present the opportunity to discuss solutions to issues such as economic insecurity, hunger and unaffordable housing.

I am really excited about our forum as this is an important year. It is not only an election year, but it is also.... Read More

             

LGBTQ Families of Choice Devastated By an Act of Terrorism

This morning I woke to sadness and heartbreak, hoping still that the nightmare was not a reality. As I searched for morning traffic reports, all stations and channels were reporting updates on the weekend tragedy that rocked the nation and hit my LGBT community at the core. The Orlando shooting not only penetrated the hearts of so many families of origin, but even more families of choice.

I heard a disturbing request by officials asking that only “family” contact their information hotline, as they are attempting to confirm identification of the victims. I was saddened to think that many families of choice may be the only family that confirms the identity of some victims. The reality is that our.... Read More

             

Blazing a Trail for AAPI Elders: Dr. Wes Lum

Wes headshotMay is Asian American and Pacific Islander American (AAPI) Heritage Month! Back in 2014, we profiled Quyen Dinh, Executive Director of Diverse Elders Coalition member organization Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). This year, the DEC is excited to introduce Dr. Wes Lum, CEO of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA). After an extensive nationwide search, Dr. Lum was appointed to the CEO position at NAPCA in March 2015 and has been leading the charge for AAPI elders ever since. Read on for more about Dr. Lum NAPCA:

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Older Americans Month and the Role of Older Adults in Our Lives

U.S. culture is often described as youth focused — a description that is certainly true of U.S. popular culture. Driven by Hollywood standards of beauty and fashion, our media outlets inundate us with images and analyses of trends, as well as star gossip. Invariably, these images and analyses focus on the young and beautiful stars of stage, screen and popular music.

Today, however, the U.S. faces a demographic shift that will likely also force a cultural shift.  As the nation’s baby boomers age, we are for the first time in our history becoming an aging society, where older adults outnumber the young. Ever the harbinger of cultural change, the U.S. entertainment industry is already featuring older stars on stage and.... Read More

             

A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans 50 and Older

by Jeffer Giang, Research Analyst in the Demographic Research Project (DRP) for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA.

Those who work with older adults may generally know that the population is growing in size very quickly. In fact, Los Angeles County’s entire 50-plus population grew 28% between 2000 and 2010. What most people don’t know is that the Asian American 50-plus population grew 56% during the same time. In contrast, the entire population of Los Angeles County saw 3% growth during this time while the general Asian American population saw 20% growth.

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In other words, the Asian American 50-plus population.... Read More

             

Patient-Centered Care? We Have a Long Way to Go

This post by Andi Mullin originally appeared on the Community Catalyst Health Policy Hub blog.

On April 4, my 73-year-old mother had back surgery. It was a difficult and lengthy procedure and, unfortunately, she experienced a series of post-operative complications. She remained in the hospital for 12 days, and for several of those days things looked very serious. For the first time since I started doing health system transformation policy work, I had an opportunity to experience the acute care side of our health system not merely as a policy advocate, but as a worried family member.

There was a lot about my mom’s medical care that was good. Crucially, the complicated surgery itself appears to have been.... Read More

             
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