by Holly Lawrence. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.
Two of America’s most influential advocates for caregivers, Maria Shriver and Ai-jen Poo, recently partnered on a poll that examines the state of caregiving in our country. One of the poll’s most significant findings, according to Shriver and Poo: We are a nation of caregivers in crisis, unified across political party lines in support of solutions, and that could influence the election.
The poll underscores the significance of the 2020 election year for Americans who need care or provide care to others.
People across our country are enjoying longer lives. In fact, 10,000 people are turning 65 every day. This is great news for all of us, as we have longer to enjoy the intergenerational relationships that make our families stronger. However, it provides a challenge for our caregiving infrastructure.
These demographic shifts are putting an increased demand on our families, our finances, and on our care system in ways we didn’t anticipate. With some forethought, investment and planning, we can prepare for them. Instead of preparing for the future, though, we’re facing unprecedented attacks on the care we already have. Republicans in Congress are trying to take us back decades right when we need to provide more care, not less.
Diverse Elders to Educate Congress About Aging Needs in Our Communities Washington, DC – February 23, 2017
On Thursday, February 23, the Diverse Elders Coalition will release their new report, “Aging with Health and Dignity: Diverse Elders Speak Up,” at a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. The report details the challenges and resiliencies of American Indian/Alaska Native elders; Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian elders; Black and African American elders; Hispanic and Latino elders; and LGBTQ elders, communities with unique needs that are often ignored in mainstream policy discussions around aging.
In 2016, the Diverse Elders Coalition collected.... Read More
Join us in DC to Speak Up About Aging in Our Communities
The need for the voices of diverse elders is more apparent than ever before. With the introduction of each new piece of legislation that threatens older adults in this country — such as the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and immigration policies that will separate families and caregivers — it becomes even more important for us to speak up, tell our stories, and push back against policies that will devastate our communities.
Join us! On Thursday, February 23rd at 10am EST, the Diverse Elders Coalition will be hosting a Congressional Briefing in Washington, DC to release our new report, “Aging with Health and Dignity: Diverse Elders Speak Up.” This report is based on the nearly 5,000 comments.... Read More
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.
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 Native elders, Asian.... 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!
This Thursday, August 11th, at 2pm EDT, we’ll be hosting a Twitter chat using hashtag #TellACL. We hope you’ll join us to talk about the aging.... Read More
Engaging diverse elders in the voting booth and beyond
by Kevin Simowitz, Political Director at Caring Across Generations. Before working with Caring Across, Kevin was the organizing director at Maine People’s Alliance and worked as a community organizer at Virginia Organizing.
The Diverse Elders Coalition has partnered with Caring Across Generations for a project that aims to engage communities of color, American Indian/Alaska Native communities, and LGBTQ communities in the months leading up to the 2016 US Presidential election. This project is twofold: first, we will rally our elders to submit comments to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) on how the federal government can better reach.... Read More
Recognizing and caring for our grandparents (National Grandparents Day) with a view towards the 2015 White House Conference on Aging
Sunday, September 7, 2014 is National Grandparents Day. What a great opportunity to recognize those that have given so much love and support! Grandparents Day was established as a national holiday in 1978 as a way to recognize and value the contributions of our nation’s seniors. Our elders have often done much to support our families in economic, emotional and spiritual ways and yet these contributions are often overlooked and unappreciated.
In the years since the establishment of National Grandparents Day, there has been a grandparents boom with the numbers rising from 40 million in 1980 to 65 million in 2011 and an estimated 80 million in 2020. This “Elder Boom” is not a crisis but.... Read More