By Yanira Cruz and Ocean Le. This article appeared on the American Society on Aging (ASA), Generations Today | July-August 2021
Editor’s Note: This article represents the fifth in a series by the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) to be published in Generations Today. Articles are connected to ASA-hosted webinars; see end of article to register. The series of articles by the DEC highlights research from The Caregiving Initiative, a multiyear research project funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation.
The 2020 pandemic has brought up many problems for Hispanic/Latinx communities, and highlighted multiple preexisting health inequities identified in our 2019 national caregiving survey, particularly for Hispanic/Latinx caregivers. These inequities still exist and have proven problematic as we strive to vaccinate the.... Read More
National Immunization Awareness Month: The COVID-19 Vaccine & Daily Life in Diverse Communities
DEC staff members, Nina Darby and Ocean Le sat down to have a talk about the unique realities of diverse communities amid the pandemic and the implications of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Ocean: Hey Nina! Firstly, I just want to say welcome to the DEC team! We are so lucky to have you and its great knowing that we have a dedicated trainer to help others comprehend the unique issues, realities, and experiences of the diverse communities we serve. With that being said, I am excited to speaking to you about todays’ topic. As you know, August is National Immunization Month and so I wanted to talk about the COVID-19 vaccine and some of the general implications it has on daily life in diverse communities.
By Karyne Jones. This article originally appeared on the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA)’s website.
Rather than a live webinar, NCBA has developed a recorded webinar for you to view at your convenience to help in your outreach to older African Americans in your community who are still wary about the Covid-19 vaccines or have trouble accessing services. The webinar runs less than 20 minutes.
Not only does this video include practical suggestions and “lessons learned” about organizations seeking to educate their members and facilitate vaccinations, but it also includes a Tool Kit with an infographic, tip sheet, a brief informational video that addresses myths and facts about the vaccines, and appointment cards to help recipients.... Read More
Looking for our next Strategic Planning Consultant!
The DEC is seeking to hire a consultant/consulting agency to help with our 2021 strategic planning process. This includes identifying the coalition’s priority advocacy areas, priority program areas, and plans to increase direct engagement with older adults from the diverse communities that make up our six-member organizations. Help us build out the DEC’s next phase of work!
Editor’s note: The following article provides the English translation of part of a half-hour documentary on eldercare in Puerto Rico. The full program was broadcast this April in Spanish with English subtitles [ https://fb.watch/50b335iD2y/ ]. Mayra Acevedo wrote and produced this documentary in Spanish for WIPR (Puerto Rico Public Television) with the support of a journalism fellowship from The Gerontological Society of America, Journalism Network on Generations and the Commonwealth Fund. She also provided this English translation. In addition, it is being published in Spanish in various digital platforms for Revista de Medicina y Salud Pública.
By Mayra Acevedo. WIPR-TV Puerto Rico Public Television
New York, NY — “The pandemic has lasted for so long. For the elderly and their families, there is a great mental stress.” Lina Chen, the head of the Happy House Adult Daycare Center in Brooklyn, expressed her worrisome of their senior members.
Lina, who has been engaged in community service work for a long time, started the Happy House Adult Daycare Center in 2012, providing living care and entertainment for Chinese American elderly living near U Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
“We had about 100 members at peak were here, there were about 100 members. Everyone is of Chinese descent from different countries. They speak different languages like.... Read More
This article originally appeared on the SAGE blog.
As more people across the U.S. access the vaccine, SAGE is working hard to ensure that LGBT elders receive reliable information and care. We want members of the older LGBT community to feel confident and safe in their decisions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more to access some resources from SAGE.
Statement from SAGE Member Alston Green
“The topic of COVID-19 is looming topic of most people worldwide, especially as this pandemic has impacted older adults and minority groups in particular. Many have met news of.... Read More
Op-ed: It’s Time to Make Dementia Patients and Their Caregivers COVID19 Priorities
The co-authors of this piece are listed below the article.
There’s a hidden crisis playing out in the shadows of COVID-19. It is one of many insidious injustices that have long plagued Black and Latino communities and families: dementia. New research finds that Black Americans with dementia are nearly three times as likely as White people to become infected with COVID-19.
The time is long overdue for our public health actions to make abundantly clear that people with dementia and the many caregivers who love them are not disposable.
No matter where you live, you’ve been asked to make an array of adjustments in the past six months to deal with the pandemic.
You’ve started wearing a mask everywhere you go and learned to practice social distancing. You’ve changed your shopping habits to account for supply-chain issues and shortages. Maybe you’re caring for aging or at-risk loved ones — or receiving that kind of care, yourself.
Now, however, transmission rates are slowing in some areas. A new vaccine may be on the horizon,.... Read More
Diversifying Research on COVID-19 and Aging-Related Issues: A Call for Asian American and Pacific Islander Older Adults and Caregivers to Participate in COMPASS and CARE
By Frances Huynh and Dyanna Chung. This article originally appeared in NAPCA’s media center.
2020 was an incredibly challenging year for most people because of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. One significant thing that we have learned is that older adults are at a higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness and death. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 8 out of 10 Covid-19 deaths reported in United States have been among adults age 65 years old and older. Despite the high death rates, there is still a lack of information and data on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) older adults, which is important in assessing the health impact of COVID-19 on these populations. Additionally, since.... Read More
This article originally appeared on the SAGE blog.
SAGE is committed to keeping our community and staff safe in the face of COVID-19. As we continue to navigate this global pandemic, we are reminded daily of the isolation and unique needs that our community faces. SAGE’s response to COVID-19 has required flexibility, innovation, and new approaches to challenges. Learn more about how SAGE is continuing to provide LGBT elders with programs, services, and support during this time.
Direct services with NY’s Department for the Aging
Thursday, January 28, 2021 Start time 11:00 AM Pacific End time 12:30 PM Pacific Sponsored by the Diverse Elders Coalition Register now for FREE
Includes complimentary CEs
To request speech-to-text captioning during this event, please contact us.
This webinar will help providers further their understanding of the experiences of Southeast Asian American caregivers and improve their multicultural capacities to meet these caregivers’ needs. This webinar.... Read More