Protecting Elders in a Pandemic World

By Jatika H. Patterson. This article originally appeared on The Atlanta Voice.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, two of the first regulations from the World Health Organization (WHO) were self-quarantining and social distancing.

As many of us did our best to stay six feet away from each other in grocery stores, jobs, walking the streets, that new regulation affected our abilities to care and watch over our aging population at home and in elder care facilities leaving them vulnerable to the evils of elder abuse.

Many videos surfaced on social media of creative ways families kept in contact with nursing home residents. They chatted on cell phones while seeing them through windows, yelling out of windows.... 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.  

Nina: Hey.... Read More

             

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