Centering Vaccination Planning on Equity: Intersecting Considerations of Age, Race, and More

By Denny Chan. This article originally appeared on the Justice In Aging blog.

Like many older adults, Dorothy, the 72-year-old Chinese American in Seattle’s Chinatown, has had a tough year. She has been coping by mostly quarantining alone, with loved ones occasionally stopping by to bring essential groceries and household items. Months had passed by since she left the floor of her senior housing building, and one day when she went downstairs to her mailbox, she was startled to realize that she had forgotten how to open the mailbox door. Little things like that, on top of having to celebrate her upcoming 73rd birthday alone – contrary to the usual large family celebration with games and food – continue.... 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

             

It’s the Season for Getting (or Keeping) Health Coverage

By Lauren Pongan, National Director.

With the number of COVID-19 cases reaching record highs in the U.S., healthcare access and coverage remains top of mind. November and December are the months to reassess and adjust your healthcare coverage, if you enroll through the Affordable Care Act or Medicare. 

Here are some important dates to remember, depending on how you get your healthcare coverage: 

If you get private insurance through the Affordable Care Act, use the Federal or a state Marketplace to shop for a plan that works for you. Marketplace Open Enrollment is open now through Dec. 15, for coverage that starts on January 1st, 2021.   Now through Dec. 7, those eligible can enroll in Medicare.... Read More
             

Top Three State Policy Priorities to Support Immigrants and Their Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Qunyh Chi Nguyen. This article originally appeared on Community Catalyst’s Health Policy Hub blog.

As of July 9, 2020 over 3 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the United States and more than 100,000 have lost their lives. The pandemic has shown disproportionate impacts on low-income immigrants as many continue to be on the front lines as essential workers. Unfortunately, millions of immigrants are left out under federal relief efforts. 

To stem the virus’ impacts, everyone must have a fair shot at getting through the crisis healthy and whole. Given that the federal government has failed to adopt an inclusive approach, it is imperative that states prioritize hardest hit communities and take actions to support immigrants and their families.  

Our new policy brief, titled State.... Read More

             

Summer Reflections on Staying Safe

By Dorothea Vafiadis, MS. This article originally appeared on the NCOA blog

The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly. Here is the latest advice from public health experts about the best way to protect yourself and to reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Some of these tips will be familiar to you and some are new.

It’s still true that the best way to stay safe is to limit your interactions with other people as much as possible and take precautions to prevent getting COVID-19 when you do interact with others.

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