The Diverse Elders Coalition Calls for an End to the Racist Violence and Inequity Destroying Our Country and for Justice for George Floyd

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African-American man described as a “gentle giant” was killed in Minneapolis as a victim of the racism that has been deeply engrained in many of our systematic infrastructures.

It is our duty to speak up during these.... Read More

             

Diverse Elders Coalition comment opposing proposed changes to the consumer inflation measures

In June 2019, the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposed changes to the consumer inflation measure that, if put into effect, would harm older adults. We know that households just above the official poverty line report higher than average rates of food insecurity and difficulty paying rent and utilities. They are more likely to be uninsured. These vulnerable older adults need programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part D prescription drug subsidies, SNAP, LIHEAP, and Weatherization. Far from making the annual assessment more accurate, simply shrinking the annual inflation adjustment for the poverty measure will make the current flaws worse. Denying us benefits by making the poverty line a less accurate reflection of our circumstances is contrary to.... Read More

             

Diverse Elders Coalition Letter to the Department of Homeland Security Opposing the Public Charge Rule

A comment submitted to Regulations.gov on October 23, 2018 on behalf of the Diverse Elders Coalition, a national advocacy organization working to improve aging for racially and ethnically diverse people, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and LGBT people. The DEC strongly opposes the public charge rule USCIS-2010-0012-0001 proposed in the Federal Register on October 10, 2018 and urges the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw.... Read More

             

Paying it Back: Promoting Justice for LGBT Communities of All Ages

It is said that it takes a village. Ideally, we need a village of people working together, supporting LGBT older people to experience the peace and fulfillment they worked so hard to earn. As a member of a village that has been built up around one or more LGBT older people, there are many things you can do to take part in building and maintaining the supportive structures that promote justice, while preventing and addressing isolation and elder abuse in LGBT.... Read More

             

LGBT Older People: Our Right to a Peaceful Life

Everyone has the right to live in contented peace, no matter their age or capacity. Unfortunately, our social structures are not as strong as they need to be. As a result, too many older people become isolated and at risk of experiencing abuse, neglect, or exploitation. This is particularly true for LGBT older people, who may have fewer biological relatives to lean on and who may feel safer staying out of or quiet in community settings. We are all entitled to live a life free of abuse. And there are individual and collective steps we can take to remodel and reconstruct the way we care for and support older people so that everyone stays connected to their.... Read More

             

LGBT Older People Built the LGBT Community

Whether they protested in the streets, founded organizations, or just managed to survive times of social unrest, LGBT older people laid the groundwork for the progress all LGBT people now enjoy. Many, however, are not reaping the benefits because they have become isolated. This can create the risk of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It’s time we fix those.... Read More

             

La realidad sobre el envejecimiento de la comunidad LGBT

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Conozca los hechos sobre el envejecimiento como persona LGBT en los Estados.... Read More

             

The Facts on LGBT Aging

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Reports estimate that there are around 3 million LGBT adults over age 50, and that number is expected to grow to around 7 million by 2030. LGBT older people face unique challenges as we age. LGBT elders are:

– Twice as likely to be single and live alone
– Four times less likely to have children
– Far more likely to have faced discrimination and social stigma
– More likely, therefore, to face poverty and homelessness, and to have poor health

But even as we face these challenges, we are resilient. LGBT older people are living vibrant, full lives across the U.S. and around the world.

Read SAGE’s LGBT aging fact sheet.... Read More

             

Create Your Care Plan: An LGBT Person’s Guide to Preparing for Medical Procedures (Spanish)

Someterse a un procedimiento quirúrgico o médico puede ser una de las épocas más dificiles en la vida. Normalmente las personas dependen de familiares para ayudarles durante todo el proceso y cuidarles. Pero qué pasa si uno no tiene familiares que pueden hacerse cargo de su cuidado?

Esta guía es una herramienta práctica para adultos mayores LGBT (lesbianas, gay, bisexuales y transgénero) y otros que se van a someter a una cirugía u otro procedimiento médico, y necesitan o quieren tomar control para planificar su propio cuidado.

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If You Are An LGBT Older Adult Who Feels Isolated This Holiday Season, You’re Not Alone! (Vietnamese)

For many older adults, the holidays can be a difficult time. However, this season can be particularly difficult for LGBT older adults. The lack of social and legal acceptance, both historically and currently, of LGBT people has had a profound impact on LGBT older adults. LGBT older adults are less likely to be married or partnered, and are twice as likely to live alone, leaving them particularly vulnerable to social isolation.

The infographic is designed to help isolated or lonely LGBT older adults in their communities know that they are not alone—and to give them options of where to go for help. Local organizations can customize these infographics with their contact information.

This infographic is available in Read More

             

If You Are An LGBT Older Adult Who Feels Isolated This Holiday Season, You’re Not Alone! (Tagalog)

For many older adults, the holidays can be a difficult time. However, this season can be particularly difficult for LGBT older adults. The lack of social and legal acceptance, both historically and currently, of LGBT people has had a profound impact on LGBT older adults. LGBT older adults are less likely to be married or partnered, and are twice as likely to live alone, leaving them particularly vulnerable to social isolation.

The infographic is designed to help isolated or lonely LGBT older adults in their communities know that they are not alone—and to give them options of where to go for help. Local organizations can customize these infographics with their contact information.

This infographic is available in Read More

             
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