In March 2020, the Diverse Elders Coalition issued the following letter to Members of Congress urging policy changes to protect older adults of color, LGBT older people, and American Indian/Alaska Native Elders and their families from the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. See.... Read More
Diverse Elders Coalition Opposes Proposed Regulations for Limited English Proficient Social Security Beneficiaries
In March 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published proposed regulations on removing “inability to communicate in English” as an education category in making disability determinations for people applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
The Diverse Elders Coalition opposes this rule because it would disproportionately lead to denials of benefits for older adults who have medical conditions that prevent them from doing physical labor, but who do not have the English language skills to perform less physically demanding work.
Read our comment to the Social Security Administration.... Read More
Training the Aging Network to Provide Culturally Competent Care for LGBTQ Older Adults
The brief focuses on addressing barriers that impede Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) older adults from getting quality health care. It emphasizes the importance of training aging service providers on the unique needs of LGBTQ older adults in a culturally competent manner, describes SAGE’s cultural competency training program, SAGECare, and includes a case study of how this training helped one large provider organization, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY).
The John A. Hartford Foundation’s Voices for Better Health grant to Community Catalyst provided.... Read More
This issues brief developed by the Alzheimer’s Association and SAGE outlines the unique challenges facing LGBT older adults living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their caregivers. Learn the unique issues that arise when Alzheimer’s disease, sexual orientation, and gender identification and expression intersect, allowing advocates and care providers to better meet the needs of LGBT elders and their caregivers facing.... Read More
Diverse Elders Response to HHS Strategic Plan FY2018-2022
In September 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its draft Strategic Plan for FY2018-2022. The Diverse Elders Coalition submitted the following comments in response to the.... Read More
Connecting w/ Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders about Dementia: An Action Guide for Policymakers
This action brief is for policymakers working to reinforce systems that support Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities about dementia. This brief contains:
Why dementia is such an important issue for the AAPI community, Recent findings from a research study to test culturally appropriate messages to improve early identification of dementia by engaging adult children and their families, and Recommendations and resources for better reaching the AAPI community.
This action brief is for community-based organizations working to educate and empower Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities about dementia. The purpose of the brief is to share information on:
Why dementia is such an important issue for the AAPI community, Barriers to dementia detection, treatment, and support for the AAPI community, Recent findings from a research study to test culturally appropriate messages to improve early identification of dementia by engaging adult children and their families, and Recommendations and resources for better reaching the AAPI community
The Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) submitted this letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center in response to a request for feedback on a proposed new direction for the center. In the DEC’s comments, we urged CMS to keep the needs of diverse older adults at the forefront of their work, and to make every effort to identify the diverse elders in the U.S. population by collecting comprehensive, disaggregated data about race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender.... Read More
Leadership Council of Aging Organizations – Section 1557 Letter of Support
LCAO letter, signed by 30 member organizations, encouraging the Department of Health and Human Services to fully carry out the final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and expressing opposition to any effort to reopen it or roll back its patient and consumer protections. Section 1557 and its rule are critically important to protecting older Americans not only from age discrimination but also from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, limited English proficiency, disability, or sex, including discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sex.... Read More
NHCOA Policy Asks for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging
In advance of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, four policy briefs were released by WHCOA staff, addressing the needs of America’s elders in the fields of healthy aging, elder justice, retirement security, and long-term services and supports. NHCOA (National Hispanic Council on Aging) submitted this formal response, encouraging White House organizers to acknowledge and address the needs of.... Read More
WHCOA Blog: Celebrating Diversity Among Older Americans
The White House Conference on Aging released this blog in June 2015, celebrating the diversity among older Americans and highlighting some of the Diverse Elders Coalition events that WHCOA organizers attended throughout.... Read More
SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) published this discussion guide for its SAGE Affiliates program, offering facilitators a series of discussion questions, engagement principles, and suggested program itineraries for the 2015 White House Conference on.... Read More