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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
Advice for Caregivers and People Living with Dementia
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
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
The world goes through the second wave of pandemic due to COVID-19
This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.
Around the world, several countries are registering new spikes in cases, indicating a second wave of COVID-19. The rise in cases is driven by Europe, the United States and some countries in South America.
In total, more than 47 million people have been infected around the world, more than a million deaths due to the pandemic, and the numbers seem to increase disproportionately over time.
In Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that deaths from COVID-19 increased by almost 40% compared to previous records. Countries such as France and Germany have partially closed again in order to stop the spread of the virus. In Spain, a state of alarm.... Read More
This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the health precaution it brought with it, have now also required remote caregiving to also became an essential part of some people’s daily routine. Meeting or visiting someone is now more complicated and is not recommended because it could endanger the health of everyone involved, especially if the person receiving care is an older adult. Therefore, long-distance caregiving has taken more prominence as a solution in this current situation.
It is necessary to emphasize that long distance caregivers, in most cases, need the help of a primary or full-time caregiver, who is in charge of caring for the older adult, especially if they are caring for a.... Read More
The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA), the Diverse Elders Coalition and the National Alliance for Caregiving are hosting a webinar focused on the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native caregivers in the time of COVID-19. Together, we invite you to join us for “Caregiving in a Pandemic: Accessing Services and Supports” December 3, 2020 12:30 p.m. EST.
Do you provide care or support for a friend or relative? If so, this session is for you! First 75 participants will receive a $25 gift card.
The webinar features interactive poll questions, and speakers such NICOA Executive Director Larry Curley; Captain Susan Karol, MD, Medical Officer for the Centers for.... Read More
By Kathleen Cameron, BSPharm, MPH. This article originally appeared on the NCOA blog.
How to Stay Safe from Coronavirus this Holiday Key Takeaways: With COVID-19 cases rising in almost all states, the holidays will require extra safety precautions this year. The best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to follow guidelines for safe holiday activities. If you’re considering hosting or attending a gathering, there are several important factors to consider.
If you’re like me and many other Americans, the holidays are your favorite time of year. We spend time with those we love, enjoy delicious food, and have fun playing games, watching football, or other family traditions. These pastimes are exactly what we need right now after.... Read More
Honoring Marny Xiong’s Legacy in Our Fight for Culturally Competent Healthcare
By Kham S. Moua. This article originally appeared on SEARAC’s blog.
COVID-19 has killed over 220,000 Americans, including my cousin. At 31, Marny had just started her tenure as Chair of the Saint Paul School Board. She was intelligent, beautiful, and ambitious, but most of all, she was kind and compassionate. While I was often a wallflower, Marny always dazzled the room. At family reunions and community gatherings, she would easily maneuver between Hmong and English, bring the young and the old together in conversation, and discuss why our communities needed to work within and without to progress the rights of all students.
In the days leading up to her death, she was a shell of her former self..... Read More