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What is Caregiver Burnout?

By NHCOA. This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

The caregiver syndrome refers to those people who suffer physical, psychological, and general health exhaustion due to the constant and continuous care of a patient.

Caregiver burnout—also known as caregiver stress or caregiver syndrome—was first described by the American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger in 1974. The mental health professional worked in a clinic for drug addicts in New York and observed that most of the volunteers at the clinic had a progressive loss of energy, leading to exhaustion, symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as lack of motivation at work and aggressiveness with patients after a year of working.

This is a disorder with serious implications both physically.... Read More

             

Pride for who we are, Pride for where we come from

By Jenna McDavid. This article originally appeared on the SEARAC blog: Our Voices.

I love that June is both Pride Month and Immigrant Heritage Month, because at SEARAC, it gives us an opportunity to celebrate so many members of the Southeast Asian American communities — and embrace all aspects of their identities. Southeast Asian American members of the LGBTQ+ communities are centered, and the roots of SEAA families and stories are recognized as the strengths that they are.

In SEARAC’s Our Voices archive, we have incredible first-person accounts of what LGBTQ+ heritage means to our staff and partners. My colleague Kham S. Moua wrote in 2020 about the importance of solidarity among movements and communities. “I choose.... Read More

             

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:

How our healthcare, financial, social services and infrastructure systems can better support older adults.... Read More
             

Proud, Resilient, and SAGEStrong

This article originally appeared on SAGE blog.

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The past year has forced us all to be adaptable, tenacious, and compassionate. But this was not our elders’ first pandemic and it was not the first time they had to come together to support one another through hard times. This year especially, we are PROUD to be a part of such a strong and resilient community.

This Pride season, SAGE will be celebrating the collective strength of our LGBT pioneers and our community. Strength comes in many different forms – the strength of character, personal and professional talents,.... 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

             

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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COVID-19 and transplant patients

By NHCOA Media. This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

Although it is not known exactly if COVID-19 will be more severe in transplant patients, it is known that the disease is frequently more severe in people with weak immune systems—which includes transplant patients. Immunosuppressants are drugs that weaken the immune system to reduce the chance that the body will reject the transplanted organ. However, it is more difficult for a weakened immune system to fight an infection.

The best way to stay healthy if you receive immunosuppressive treatment is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Continue to practice daily preventive actions to help reduce your risk of getting sick, such as:

Avoid close contact with people.... Read More
             

As Asian Pacific American Heritage Month wraps up, it’s time to reflect

For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Diverse Elders Coalition staff Lauren Pongan and Ocean Le sat down to talk about the significance of the month for them… 

 

Lauren: APAHM 2021 is almost over, but I just wanted to take a minute to catch up about this month and what it means for each of us. What’s been on your mind this May, or what are you reflecting on? 

Ocean: A lot to be honest, my mixed heritage as a Nigerian–Vietnamese person, how that interplays with what’s going on right now across the US with this increase in AAPI hate crimes and my role in all this…Haha that was a lot, how about you what are you reflecting on? 

Lauren: I also identify as mixed race Asian American, and.... Read More

             

Cuidadores en Tiempos de Emergencia / Caregivers in Times of Emergency

Editor’s note: The following article provides the English translation of part of a half-hour documentary on eldercare in Puerto Rico. The full program was broadcast this April in Spanish with English subtitles [ https://fb.watch/50b335iD2y/ ]. Mayra Acevedo wrote and produced this documentary in Spanish for WIPR (Puerto Rico Public Television) with the support of a journalism fellowship from The Gerontological Society of America, Journalism Network on Generations and the Commonwealth Fund. She also provided this English translation. In addition, it is being published in Spanish in various digital platforms for Revista de Medicina y Salud Pública.

By Mayra Acevedo. WIPR-TV Puerto Rico Public Television

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Lessons learned during the pandemic

By: Yanira Cruz, MPH, DrPH,.  This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

On April 29, 2021, NHCOA partnered with AARP to present the “Lessons Learned from the Pandemic and a Look at the Future” virtual town hall. Featuring speakers from Justice in Aging, the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA), the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA), the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC), and Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE), the town hall was used to highlight the inequities exacerbated by COVID-19 and how these groups addressed needs and challenges in their respective communities.

Many of the groups represented in the town hall have tragically had to witness disproportionate.... Read More

             
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