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 reflectFor 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
Lessons learned during the pandemic
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
Seniors Experience Mental Stress Due to Closure of Chinese American Senior Centers
By Melody Cao, Sinovision.Net
Chinese video with English subtitles [http://video.sinovision.net/?id=62258&sts=1620857639061]
New York, NY — “The pandemic has lasted for so long. For the elderly and their families, there is a great mental stress.” Lina Chen, the head of the Happy House Adult Daycare Center in Brooklyn, expressed her worrisome of their senior members.
Lina, who has been engaged in community service work for a long time, started the Happy House Adult Daycare Center in 2012, providing living care and entertainment for Chinese American elderly living near U Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
“We had about 100 members at peak were here, there were about 100 members. Everyone is of Chinese descent from different countries. They speak different languages like.... Read More
LGBT Elders and the COVID-19 Vaccine
This article originally appeared on the SAGE blog.
As more people across the U.S. access the vaccine, SAGE is working hard to ensure that LGBT elders receive reliable information and care. We want members of the older LGBT community to feel confident and safe in their decisions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more to access some resources from SAGE.
Statement from SAGE Member Alston Green
“The topic of COVID-19 is looming topic of most people worldwide, especially as this pandemic has impacted older adults and minority groups in particular. Many have met news of.... Read More
Diverse Elders Coalition Seeks $450 Million from American Jobs Plan to Deliver Equitable Access to Older Americans
In order to address the profound disparities when it comes to equitable access to health and wellness essentials, the Diverse Elders Coalition has recently submitted a proposal seeking $450 million of the $400 billion allocated in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan toward elder services and care. The funding would last for over eight (8) years to support equitable access to Older Americans Act programs and services for older people who are from racially and ethnically diverse, American Indian and Alaskan Native, and/or LGBT+ communities.
As of 2018, 23% of older Americans were members of racially and ethnically diverse communities; by 2040 that number will increase to 34%. 5% of older Americans are LGBT+, with more and more LGBT+ older.... Read More
April Remembrance: We are our ancestors’ wildest dreams
Dear SEARAC Community,
Six months ago, my husband and I became first-time parents.
In the middle of the pandemic, we welcomed into the world Khải Toyonori Ross.
In Vietnamese, Khải means victory, and in Japanese, Kai means ocean.
We wanted to connect him to both his Vietnamese and Japanese roots so that he would always know where he came from. So that he would always remember he is a descendant of refugees.
Across the country this month, Southeast Asian American communities remember our legacy as.... Read More
Why shouldn’t I postpone the appointment for my second dose of the vaccine?
This article originally appeared in Spanish on the NHCOA blog.
In the United States, more than 40% of adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, however, most approved COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to provide a level of adequate protection.
Delaying a second dose of the vaccine could put people at risk for any of the new variants and “are dangerously vulnerable to infection with variants that weaken the effects of antibodies,” according to recent statements by Dr. Anthony Faucci, chief epidemiologist. of the White House.
Another dangerous point is that, when receiving the first dose, and not returning for the second, the person runs the risk of being left with a false sense of security. You may even mistakenly.... Read More