Looking for ways to combat fears, doubts and access issues regarding the Covid-19 vaccines?

By Karyne Jones. This article originally appeared on the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA)’s website.

Greetings!

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!

We will be accepting proposals until July 6th, 2021! See the RFP here: DEC Strategic Plan 2021 RFP

 

 

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Cuidadores en Tiempos de Emergencia / Caregivers in Times of Emergency

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

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Seniors Experience Mental Stress Due to Closure of Chinese American Senior Centers

By Melody Cao, Sinovision.Net

Chinese video with English subtitles [http://video.sinovision.net/?id=62258&sts=1620857639061]

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

             

LGBT Elders and the COVID-19 Vaccine

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.

The inability of state and federal.... Read More

             

How to Stay Safe When Going Back Out in Public

By Ann Lloyd, This article originally appeared on Student Savings Guide.

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

             

SAGE’s COVID-19 Response

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

Since ceasing in-person congregate programming in mid-March, at the direction of NYC government, SAGE has.... Read More

             

Caring for Those Who Care: Meeting the Needs of Southeast Asian American Caregivers

This article originally appeared on American Society on Aging.

Thursday, January 28, 2021 Start time 11:00 AM Pacific End time 12:30 PM Pacific Diverse Elders Coalition The John A Hartford Foundation SEARAC RRF Foundation for Aging 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

             

Advice for Caregivers and People Living with Dementia

This article originally appeared on SF Bay Times.

 

By Dr. Marcy Adelman–

Shelly has been living with Alzheimer’s for several years now. Her wife Joan is her caregiver. Joan emailed me in search of a referral to someone who could advise her about Shelly’s sleep medications, which are no long working effectively. Shelly used to sleep through the night, but now Joan often finds Shelly standing by the front door in the middle of night.

Joan has secured the door in such a way that Shelly cannot open it by herself. She is not worried about Shelly opening the door and wandering off, a common occurrence in Shelly’s stage of Alzheimer’s. But she is worried that Shelly’s.... Read More

             

NICOA Creates COVID-19 Tribal Needs Assessment

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) invites you to participate in our COVID-19 tribal needs assessment. Your participation will positively impact the wellbeing of American Indian and Alaska Native elders.

As the leading national Native aging organization for elders, we strive to provide information that will assist tribes and their communities. The information we gather will help us better understand how tribes have been affected by COVID-19 and the mental, physical and social impact it has had on their health. It will also serve to illustrate what Indian Country looks like to those who do not know, and help us focus our efforts most effectively.

Once the information is collected and.... Read More

             
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