Eight Policy Recommendations for Improving the Health & Wellness of Older Adults with HIV

Recognizing that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has disproportionately affected communities of color and LGBT people since its beginning, the Diverse Elders Coalition released an original policy brief, Eight Policy Recommendations for Improving the Health and Wellness of Older Adults with HIV. For more information, visit Read More

             

The Diabetes Epidemic in Hispanic America: A Summary of Recent Research Findings and Updated Policy Recommendations

Author: National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)

Diabetes in the U.S. Hispanic community has reached epidemic levels; because of the confluence of genetic, socioeconomic, and lifestyle factors, people of Mexican, Central American, South American and Caribbean descent are fully twice as likely to suffer the onset, complications, and consequences of diabetes. This paper presents findings from research into the barriers that keep Hispanic men and women from effective diabetes management, as well as the factors which some of the Latinos who are handling diabetes successfully identify as helpful. These findings provide several clear directions for diabetes-control policy. For more information, visit Read More

             

Preventing and Responding to Abuse of Elders in Indian Country

Authors: National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA), National Center on Elder Abuse

This document draws from the findings in Elder Abuse in Indian Country: A Review of the Literature: Research, Policy, and Practice and supplements it with new knowledge yielded from a variety of actitivities, including a survey of Older Americans Act Title VI Directors, interviews with experts and discussions with service providers and Indian elders. It represents a synthesis of collected wisdom, current practice and the perspectives of researchers, service providers and elders. For more information, visit Read More

             

Supporting Direct Care Workers in Caring for Aging Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Individuals

This brief provides a succinct overview of the challenges that LGBT older adults face when attempting to access direct care services, and recommends concrete actions that lawmakers, administrators and direct care workers can take to effect permanent changes in public policies and attitudes that will improve long-term care for LGBT older adults. Read an introduction to this brief, written by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) Executive Director Michael Adams, on the Direct Care Alliance.... Read More

             

Act now! OAA reauthorization must include services for LGBT elders

Robert Espinoza, Senior Director of Public Policy and Communications at SAGE, discusses the importance of including LGBT older adults in the Older Americans Act in this article published in Aging Today, the bimonthly newspaper of the American Society on Aging. Visit sageusa.org for more.... Read More

             

LGBT Older Adults and Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act: A Policy Brief

Established in 1965, the Older Americans Act (OAA) is the country’s leading vehicle for funding and delivering supportive services to older people in this country.  OAA holds enormous potential for millions of LGBT older adults, a population with profound needs that will surge over the next few decades.  OAA is now up for reauthorization, creating an unprecedented opportunity to ensure that these sizable resources support LGBT older adults and their loved ones. What are the distinct challenges facing LGBT elders, and how can their aging experiences be enhanced through an LGBT-affirming Older Americans Act? This brief presents some answers—and SAGE’s official recommendations on the Older Americans Act. Visit sageusa.org/oaa for more.... Read More

             

A State Advocacy Guide for Understanding Spousal Impoverishment Protections, Medicaid and Same-Sex Couples

As the nation’s primary health insurance program for low-income individuals, Medicaid serves as the single largest payer of long-term care in the United States. Medicaid qualification rules include a series of “spousal impoverishment protections” that aim to prevent a healthy spouse from having to give up a family home or retirement savings, and live in poverty, in order to qualify his/her spouse for Medicaid. Unfortunately, these spousal impoverishment protections generally do not apply to same-sex couples. But now, states have federal guidance on how they can extend these protections to all couples. Visit sageusa.org/spousal impoverishment for more.... Read More

             

Improving the Lives of Transgender Older Adults

This publication addresses the concerns of transgender older adults on issues such as financial security, health and overall well-being. It includes a detailed literature review, profiles of personal experiences and more than 60 concrete recommendations for policymakers and practitioners. Visit sageusa.org for more.... Read More

             
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