Tackling Latino health, caregiving and housing is key as older population grows

By Laura Castañeda. This article originally appeared on NBC News.

Eduardo Covarrubias retired from his job as a museum security guard in Washington, D.C., 14 years ago and moved to Casa Iris, an affordable housing community for older adults.

The complex has 39 one-bedroom, 1,000-square-foot apartments for people ages 62 and older that cost a maximum of $813 per month, depending on income. To compare, the average one-bedroom apartment in the nation’s capital runs $2,213 monthly.

“It’s peaceful. There are good people living here and the administration is very efficient,” Covarrubias, 79, said in Spanish, adding that he would have had to move back to his native Bolivia long ago if not for Casa Iris.

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Larry Curley Joins ASA’s Legacy Interviews

This originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

On July 21 National Indian Council on Aging Executive Director Larry Curley will take part in the American Society on Aging’s Legacy Interviews. This will be one of a 12-week webcast series that will feature interviews with diverse legendary pathfinders who have spent decades in the field of aging, health and social services.

Each interview will be conducted by Ken Dychtwald, to capture the wisdom and character of gerontology’s pioneers to inform, inspire and guide current and future professionals in the fields of aging and related services for years to come.

These conversations will delve into topics such as:

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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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Getting older with HIV

This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog. It is also available in Spanish.

Every day, the number of older people living with HIV in the country and in the world increases. One reason is because treatments have improved and are helping people with the disease live longer. In the United States, almost half of the people with HIV are 50 years of age or older, many of whom were diagnosed with the virus when they were younger.

Yet thousands of older people get HIV each year, and most are less likely to be tested than younger people, so they may not know they have HIV. The signs of HIV / AIDS can be confused with the aches and pains of.... Read More

             

How to Stay Safe from Coronavirus this Holiday

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