The White House Conference on Aging, which took place on July 13th, was inspiring for us at the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) and for all those working on behalf of the U.S.’s diverse aging communities. As the President and CEO of NHCOA, I had the honor and privilege to be invited to attend this critically important event and to represent older Latinos.
The White House Conference on Aging takes place every 10 years and is a catalyst for the national policy agenda in reference to aging for the next decade. This year, the White House Conference on Aging was particularly historic because it concurred with the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans.... Read More
Commemorating My Time at the DEC and Marking This Summer’s Milestones
It’s quite hard to believe that my time here at the Diverse Elders Coalition is almost over. Today is my last day, and as I wrap up a couple of final tasks here and there, I can’t help but reflect on and feel so fortunate and grateful for the past ten weeks. Collaborating with DEC staff and member organizations has been truly inspiring and empowering.
It’s fortuitous that I was able to work in D.C. during this particular summer. It’s been a special season, especially for those “fighting the good fight” and advocating for social justice because this summer marks multiple milestones and victories that support our diverse communities. In the past two weeks, we commemorated the 25th anniversary.... Read More
NAPCA’s Response to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging
Convening the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) was no easy task with its limited budget, minimal staffing, and a relatively short planning process. In spite of these challenges, the WHCOA delivered high-quality and thought-provoking discussions that allowed the nation to reflect on our assumptions of aging, to be inspired by innovation, and to be meaningfully engaged in the democratic process.
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
History in the Making: Reflections on the White House Conference on Aging for Diverse Elders
The 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) took place this past Monday, and as the dust settles, we get the opportunity to take stock of the events on July 13th as well as the events leading up to the day. For the Diverse Elders Coalition, this week is the culmination of months of work including engagement with local partners, extensive policy analysis, and working directly with the White House Conference on Aging and other policymakers. With clear goals of articulating the experiences of elders of color, American Indian/Alaska Native elders, and LGBT elders, and identifying specific policy recommendations, the DEC, its member organizations, and their constituents came to Washington, DC with a firm sense of.... Read More
Positive Momentum: Reflecting on Yesterday’s White House Conference on Aging
In the days and weeks following the White House Conference on Aging, we’ll be highlighting our community members’ experiences and reflections from this historic event. Today, we’re sharing Michael Adams’ take on what the WHCOA means for LGBTQ elders. This post originally appeared on the SAGE blog.
I’m excited to report that Monday’s White House Conference on Aging included some major breakthroughs for SAGE and LGBT older people across the country. In recent months, SAGE has prepared diligently to ensure that LGBT voices would be heard at this influential conference, held every ten years. As I listened to an inspiring and impassioned statement to conference leaders from iconic LGBT aging activist Sandy Warshaw, who called for.... Read More
Reflections on Activism and the ADA From the DEC’s Newest Team Member
My name is Raymond Magsaysay and I’m interning for the Diverse Elders Coalition for the summer through OCA’s flagship summer internship program. I am a rising junior at Vassar College majoring in Sociology and minoring in Hispanic Studies and English: Race & Ethnicity. I am so excited and honored to be working with and learning from the DEC this summer as many of my personal passions parallel the organization’s mission. Like the DEC, I am committed to social justice, focusing on coalition-building and intersectionality as vehicles for social change. In other words, collective power—forged through shared stories and struggle—and, as Audre Lorde pointed out, the cognizance that “there is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not.... Read More
Diverse Elders Coalition to Host Congressional Briefing After White House Conference on Aging
The Diverse Elders Coalition, in collaboration with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, is hosting a Congressional Briefing on July 14, 2015, the day after the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act, this Briefing will discuss elders of color, indigenous elders, LGBT elders, and elders living with HIV/AIDS in light of the White House conference and will identify needs and challenges moving forward. The Diverse Elders Coalition will present a report documenting their engagement with the White House Conference on Aging and their policy recommendations on how to improve the lives of diverse elders and their families.
Congressmember Mark Takano (D-CA) will join the Briefing and provide comments. Rep. Takano.... Read More
Raising the voices of our AAPI elders at the White House Conference on Aging
The once-a-decade White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) is the catalyst for the development of aging policy and is convening on Monday, July 13, 2015. There have been a limited number of pre-WHCOA events and listening sessions to address Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) senior issues and the impact of these events is unclear. Participation at the WHCOA itself will be highly selective. Post-WHCOA activities are unspecified.
The WHCOA gives us a platform to raise the profile of AAPI aging, and advocate on behalf of AAPI elders to ensure that their needs are addressed in new aging programs and policies; educate AAPI seniors, their families, policymakers and the general public on the unique needs of the AAPI.... Read More
2015 American Indian and Alaska Native White House Conference on Aging Listening Session held in Norman, OK
2015 American Indian and Alaska Native White House Conference on Aging Listening Session held in Norman Oklahoma – Unimpeded by Tornadoes and Flooding
Albuquerque, NM, May 11, 2015 – With overwhelming and significant attendance over 108 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Elders, Tribal Leaders, Caregivers, and Service Providers from across the country convened in Norman Oklahoma on May 6, 2015. Although sudden threats of severe weather conditions loomed about the area the event took place with much success and accomplishment.
This event held in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services Region VI & VII.... Read More
Preparing for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging in Washington, DC
This week, the White House announced that the 2015 White House Conference on Aging will take place in Washington, DC on July 13th. The Diverse Elders Coalition has been engaging the White House every step of the way during the planning and preparation for the conference, including the use of a survey to solicit feedback from our constituents, the nomination of attendees and presenters to the five WHCOA regional forums, and even in hosting our own regional events to amplify the voices of our diverse elder communities. We’re excited.... Read More