SAGECents: reaching your unlimited potential

By Donna Sue Johnson, SAGE Participant. This article originally appeared on the SAGE blog

The SAGE community has always been a supportive and uplifting place for my partner and me. I find that it’s easy for elders to fall between the cracks, and as a social worker, it’s important to me that we do all we can to make sure no one gets lost. That’s where SAGE comes in.

As a Black lesbian, it’s always been a struggle to deal with the misogyny, racism, and homophobia that is embedded in our world. While these obstacles have continued to cause challenges for those of us, I like to call OWLs – older wise lesbians – I never thought they would.... Read More

             

Hurt on the Job: Older Latino Workers in Oklahoma

By Cecilia Hernandez-Cromwell for Telemundo Oklahoma (May 22, 2020). See this video news report in Spanish with English subtitles.

Certain jobs have a higher chance of injury than others. If an injury occurs on the job it can change the affected person’s life forever and that’s why it’s important to have a safety plan for difficult times. Accidents happen even in the safest of jobs. That’s why rules and regulations are set in place.

“Health officials are always reminding us how to conduct ourselves in the safest way along with reminding us to wear our protective equipment,”.... Read More

             

Planning for the Future of Hispanic Elders

By Cecilia Hernandez-Cromwell for Telemundo Oklahoma (May 22, 2020). See this video news report in Spanish with English subtitles.

Taking care of loved ones can be very draining. Looking out for the ones you love should be a natural process, but in Hispanic culture it is basically mandatory. Plans need to be set with loved ones for when they can no longer look out for themselves. One of the most difficult decisions a person can make is to leave everything they have built behind to take care of relatives who can no longer take care of themselves.

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SCOTUS Decision Sparks Community to Continue the Fight

By Randi Robertson. This article originally appeared on the SAGE blog.

Overjoyed doesn’t really cover it! On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States of America affirmed that I, a retired USAF Officer/Pilot who voluntarily served 22 years to protect and defend the constitution, who happens to be transgender, is actually protected from work place discrimination under Title VII of the civil rights act.

The past several years have been like walking through a dark tunnel as the current White House and Administration has systematically tried to erase transgender people like myself. The most recent actions to erase protections for LGBTQI people in the arena of healthcare treatment, by changing Affordable Care Act.... Read More

             

NICOA Partner Spotlight: Salvation Army Red Shield Kitchen

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

NICOA’s Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) partners with The Salvation Army Red Shield Kitchen to train program participants as cooks and kitchen assistants.

During the process, participants learn the state guidelines for properly handling food, how to properly clean and sanitize, as well as train for food handlers license. The program was recently recognized in an article by Senior News & Living OK.

Check out our interview with former SCSEP participant and current Salvation Army Red Shield.... Read More

             

PHI Launches ‘The National Direct Care Workforce Resource Center’

This article originally appeared on the PHI blog.

A new online resource aims to strengthen the evidence base on the direct care workforce by gathering and centralizing the various studies, reports, and other resources that have been published about these workers—and by supporting leaders across disciplines in filling the knowledge gaps on this workforce.

As the country’s largest online library of information on direct care workers, The National Direct Care Workforce Center will support researchers, policymakers, practitioners, advocates, and journalists in better understanding—and building the knowledge base on—this critical workforce of 4.5.... Read More

             

Why People of Color Feel the Loneliest at Work

by Leslie Hunter-Gadsen. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.

(In February 2020, Next Avenue published an article about the Cigna survey, Loneliness and the Workplace 2020 U.S. Report. Among its findings, based on a survey of 10,441 adults: African-American and Hispanic workers feel lonelier than whites. The black and Hispanic workers surveyed were more likely than whites to say they felt abandoned by coworkers when under pressure at work and more alienated from coworkers. Below, Leslie Hunter-Gadsden provides a follow-up, with insights about the racial loneliness-at-work divide and what could reduce it. Cigna did not supply someone to be interviewed for this article when requested. — The Editors)

In the Cigna loneliness at work.... Read More

             

NICOA SCSEP Success Story: Diane Martinez

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

Diane Martinez is the picture of a resilient elder whose journey and difficulties led to success. As a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, traditions are especially important to her. She attends the Weoguf-kee (Muddy Waters) Ceremonial Grounds in Hanna, Oklahoma, and has learned some of her native Mvskoke language through classes at the College of the Muscogee Nation, which she teaches to her grandchildren.

After surviving many challenges, she has finally found a place where she can thrive. As a participant in the National Indian.... Read More

             

The Case for Racial Equity in Aging Has Never Been Stronger

by Robert Espinoza and Jean Accius. This article originally appeared on the blog of the American Society on Aging.

In early April, as the COVID-19 crisis spread across the world, two notable developments took hold. First, the United States became the pandemic’s epicenter, reporting more confirmed cases and deaths than in any other nation. Second, it became clear that black and Latino people in the United States were being hospitalized and dying from the virus at disproportionate rates.

Given that older adults and people with serious medical conditions are at greatest risk.... Read More

             

Let’s Pause to Celebrate a Historic Win for Direct Care Workers

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered our way of living while putting enormous pressures on the health and long-term care sectors, including the direct care workforce. Epidemiologists are predicting that it will continue to worsen in the months ahead, straining our health care resources, the economy, and the full aging and long-term care system.

In times of crisis, important policy wins are often understandably overshadowed by more pressing matters. In this context, one major win for direct care workers took place last Wednesday when President Trump signed into law the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020, which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA) for five more years and increases funding levels for its programs.... Read More

             

We’re Hiring! Are You Our New National Director?


The Diverse Elders Coalition is excited to announce that we are hiring for a new National Director. We are a dynamic, collaborative group of people working to improve aging in diverse communities.

Check out the full position description to learn more and apply.

Apply by May 5th for priority application consideration!

The Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) is seeking an accomplished, passionate National Director to lead our coalition’s growing presence in the fields of aging policy advocacy and education. The National Director will be responsible for developing the coalition’s policy advocacy and training programs, representing our members and our.... Read More

             

Direct Care Workers Can Address Social Isolation and Loneliness

This article originally appeared on the PHI blog.

Illustration by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

A remarkable though unsettling new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has drawn attention to the extensive harm that social isolation and loneliness are having on the health and well-being of older adults. The report—Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System—provides a sweeping overview of these two issues, as well as a compelling rationale for why.... Read More

             
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