Recent State of the Union Highlights Unfinished Work on Paid Family Leave
By Jason Resendez and Stephanie Monroe of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s.
During the State of the Union, President Trump touted his administration’s progress on expanding paid leave for parents who work for the federal government. According to the President, “As we support America’s moms and dads, I was recently proud to sign the law providing new parents in the Federal workforce paid family leave, serving as a model for the rest of the country.” While this accomplishment is undoubtedly worthy of praise, it also highlights the unfinished work of establishing a comprehensive paid leave policy that values diverse forms of caregiving, from the cradle to later life.
Our nation’s 41 million family caregivers remain shamefully undervalued, even as our.... Read More
7 HIV/AIDS Myths We Need to Stop Believing
by Kellee Terrell. This article appears on the Diverse Elders Coalition blog courtesy of Black Health Matters.
I try to live my life by the saying “knowledge is power.”
Knowledge helps us make informed decisions from everything, including who we vote for, what we eat and how we react to our surroundings. This mantra also holds true to our understanding (or lack thereof) of HIV/AIDS. Despite how easily accessible basic information about the epidemic is, there’s still plenty of dangerous misinformation percolating out in the world and our communities.
And I’ve seen it with my.... Read More
Aging in Massachusetts is Getting Harder
by Tibisay Zea. This article originally appeared in El Planeta, New England’s Spanish-language newspaper. Haga clic aquí para leer este artículo en español.
One of the biggest challenges of aging is securing economic stability while productivity progressively decreases. This seems harder to achieve in Massachusetts, as it has the worst financial security numbers for older adults, shows a recent study by the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMass Boston).
More than half of people 65 or older in the state live alone, and a third of those living as a couple do not have enough money to cover their basic needs on their own (housing, transportation, health care.... Read More
Counting LGBT Communities: SAGE and the 2020 Census
SAGE joins our partners at the Diverse Elders Coalition in encouraging lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older people to complete the 2020 Census. The Census is our once-in-a-decade opportunity for government, researchers, and advocates to gather national data on the U.S. population and allocate resources accordingly.
Why don’t we know how many LGBT people live in the United States?
Unfortunately, there is little to no information about LGBT identities collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. No previous U.S. Census has included questions about sexual orientation or gender identity, which makes it challenging to accurately track the size, demographics and needs of our communities. The more detailed American Community.... Read More
2020 Election: Are Caregivers a Voting Bloc?
by Holly Lawrence. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.
Two of America’s most influential advocates for caregivers, Maria Shriver and Ai-jen Poo, recently partnered on a poll that examines the state of caregiving in our country. One of the poll’s most significant findings, according to Shriver and Poo: We are a nation of caregivers in crisis, unified across political party lines in support of solutions, and that could influence the election.
The poll underscores the significance of the 2020 election year for Americans who need care or provide care to others..... Read More
Why Latinos need to vote in this election
By Jorge J. Lambrinos. This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.
The next election for President of the United States will happen on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. This will be a very important election for all Latinos. This is the day we will vote not only for the person that will lead our country but also for all those other officials at the Federal and local levels that will decide on the programs and services like Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, social services, healthcare, housing and so many other programs important to older persons in this country.
Every.... Read More
Cliffs Notes for Growing Old Well
by Peter White. This article originally appeared in the Tennessee Tribune.
A Vanderbilt researcher has taken just about everything you need to know about living well as you age and condensed it into a 36-page pamphlet called “Aging & Injury.” It is a good read, practical, and thorough.
Cathy Maxwell was a bedside nurse for more than 20 years in critical care and trauma. She saw a lot of elderly patients come to the emergency room from falls or car accidents.
“I see these patients come in from an injury and the outcomes of the older patients compared to the younger patients was so different,” Maxwell said. She wanted to find out why.
Luckily for Maxwell,.... Read More
Strengthening Southeast Asian American Communities Through the 2020 Census
According to the 2010 Census, I probably don’t count.
I say *probably* because I never received a census questionnaire, and it never occurred to me at the time that the decennial census was even taking place. I lived in a community where more than 80 percent of residents filled out a self-response form — I just wasn’t one of them.
A decade ago, I was a 20-something living in a small but charming guesthouse on a quiet street that was very much tucked away from the surrounding busy Los Angeles scene. My then-boyfriend/now-husband and I rented directly from the main house’s.... Read More
One City’s Inspiring Approach to Connecting the Generations
by Aanchal Dhar. This article originally appeared on Encore.org.
Which city in the nation is most focused on bringing the generations together to solve a wide range of problems facing all ages?
Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Sam Liccardo, city employees, a team of Encore Fellows, the Gen2Gen San Jose campaign, key funders, and nonprofit advocates, San Jose is a strong contender.
A few weeks ago, I attended an event in San Jose that brought together city leaders, funders, older adults and youth-serving organizations to share best practices in building intergenerational communities. A few examples:San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services shared new collaborations developed between aging and youth services staff. Together they are designing.... Read More
7 Reasons We Need the ‘Caring for the Future’ Report Series
Last week, PHI released an urgent, new report on the direct care workforce. It’s Time to Care: A Detailed Profile of America’s Direct Care Workforce provides a thorough overview of the direct care workforce (including key concepts and definitions), an analysis of how the direct care role has evolved, and a statistical profile of the workforce with key demographics, socio-economic characteristics, and future projections.
But It’s Time to Care not a stand-alone report. It’s the first installment in a yearlong series of reports that will examine the importance and impact of the direct care workforce. The final report— Caring for the Future:.... Read More