Get Into the Act

This year’s theme for Older Americans Month is “Get into the Act.” Although unintended, the theme made me think of how often LGBT older adults have had to “act” throughout their lives – whether it was living in the closet growing-up in a time and place when it was not acceptable to be out – or the unfortunate number who feel compelled to go back into the closet as they get older and enter places where they feel more vulnerable and don’t feel safe or comfortable being out. The bottom line, of course, is that after spending a lifetime of trying to get out of the closet, LGBT older adults have earned the right to grow older in places where.... Read More

             

Representing Diverse Elders During AAPI Heritage Month (APAHM)

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.

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Q&A with SSA

Social Security is important to the financial security of our diverse elder communities.  This blog post comes to us from Kirk Larson, the Public Affairs Specialist for Social Security Western Washington.  We hope it will be helpful and informative to our readers!

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Question:
What is the maximum Social Security retirement benefit?

Answer:
The maximum benefit depends on the age you retire. For example, if you retire at full retirement age in 2015, your maximum monthly benefit would be $2,663. However, if you retire at age 62 in 2015, your maximum monthly benefit would be only $2,025. If you retire at age 70 in 2015, your.... Read More

             

Why Marriage Equality Matters for LGBT Older Adults

This post originally appeared on the SAGE Blog.

6a017c34619ea6970b01b7c77f1fad970b-800wiMany don’t know that same-sex spouses in non-marriage states still don’t qualify for all the same federal benefits that their different sex counterparts enjoy, simply because they are married to someone of the same sex.  This is an issue that comes up in the context of Social Security, Veterans Administration, and some Medicare benefits.   And it is all the more important for LGBT older adults who face pronounced poverty and lack of access to culturally competent healthcare.

This topic is one that our Executive Director, Michael Adams, examines in detail with his.... Read More

             

The Time for the FAMILY Act is Now

This post originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

Every day, 11% of our workforce shows to up work hoping to not get sick. 

These workers probably also hope their children, parents, and dependents don’t get sick as well. That is the daily reality of American workers who do not have access to paid sick or family leave.

For many parents, having a job and having a family are mutually exclusive. If they need to take care of a family member or themselves, they could lose wages, face disciplinary action, or even worse, get fired. All Americans, including diverse Americans, want to have strong families— be there for their children and parents when they need.... 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

             

SELMA: 50 Years Later

This blog originally appeared on The National Black Justice Coalition’s blog.

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To the left of the podium: Bayard Rustin, A. Phillip Randolph, John Lewis, Coretta Scott King
Location: Alabama State Capitol, Montgomery, AL (March 25,1965)
Photo Credit: Ray Ariatti | Photo Courtesy: Walter Naegle

On March 7, 2015, President Obama lead the nation and world in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. The horrific events of “Bloody Sunday”.... Read More

             

Tell your State Senators to Reauthorize the Older Americans Act

This blog originally appeared on the National Hispanic Council on Aging’s blog.

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The Older Americans Act is the single most important piece of legislation for older Americans that supports senior centers, long-term care programs, transportation services and other essential assistance services for older adults. Yet, the OAA, which was last reauthorized in 2006, was up for reauthorization in 2011. Since 2011, NHCOA has advocated tirelessly for the OAA reauthorization as many of its key programs underfunded and misaligned with the changing demographics.

Given the growth and diversification of the U.S. aging population, the OAA needs to be.... Read More
             

Advocating for Diverse Elders at the 2015 Aging in America Conference

The Diverse Elders Coalition will be representing our constituents and communities at the 2015 Aging in America Conference, held March 23-27 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL. This annual event is open to the public and brings together colleagues and leaders from around the nation, allowing participants to learn from world-changing leaders in the field of aging and grow their skills, knowledge and impact in order to bring better services and products to the aging population.

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All five of the Diverse Elders Coalition member organizations are represented in multiple panels throughout the conference, including our symposium: The Moment Is Now: Improving the Health and Wellness of Diverse Older.... Read More

             

DEC Member Spotlight: Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

Part of an occasional series of blog posts that focus on a particular member of the Diverse Elders Coalition and their work.

One of the best parts about working at the Diverse Elders Coalition is that I get to work with not just one team, but also with the five teams of the DEC members. This past week, I have had the pleasure of working closely with the staff at Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) at two major events: the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change and at a special LGBT Elder Housing Summit hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement.

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