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Leading During the Most Uncertain of Times

by Katrina Dizon Mariategue. This article originally appeared on the SEARAC blog.

In August of this year, the SEARAC team hosted a virtual farewell for our fearless leader and Executive Director of over eight years, Quyen Dinh, as she prepared for her well-earned and much needed sabbatical. After six months of intense coaching and training, I suddenly found myself steering SEARAC’s work as an ally in the midst of a global pandemic, mass anxiety over the upcoming elections, and nationwide protests in support of the movement for black lives.

Internally, the SEARAC team also went through a lot of change as we welcomed and onboarded five new staff in a span of a few months, growing.... Read More

             

Caring for Those Who Care: Meeting the Needs of Southeast Asian American Caregivers

This article originally appeared on American Society on Aging.

Thursday, January 28, 2021 Start time 11:00 AM Pacific End time 12:30 PM Pacific Diverse Elders Coalition The John A Hartford Foundation SEARAC RRF Foundation for Aging Sponsored by the Diverse Elders Coalition Register now for FREE

Includes complimentary CEs

To request speech-to-text captioning during this event, please contact us.

This webinar will help providers further their understanding of the experiences of Southeast Asian American caregivers and improve their multicultural capacities to meet these caregivers’ needs. This webinar.... Read More

             

Sothy Neou

This video originally appeared on NAPCA’s blog.

 

Sothy Neou shares his story from surviving the infamous Khmer Rouge of Cambodia to seeking employment in the United States. Sothy’s story is one of courage, perseverance, and determination

As we continue to celebrate 40 for 40 – sharing the stories of our participants, current and past, you can read more stories. You can also donate now to support more seniors like.... Read More

             

Advice for Caregivers and People Living with Dementia

This article originally appeared on SF Bay Times.

 

By Dr. Marcy Adelman–

Shelly has been living with Alzheimer’s for several years now. Her wife Joan is her caregiver. Joan emailed me in search of a referral to someone who could advise her about Shelly’s sleep medications, which are no long working effectively. Shelly used to sleep through the night, but now Joan often finds Shelly standing by the front door in the middle of night.

Joan has secured the door in such a way that Shelly cannot open it by herself. She is not worried about Shelly opening the door and wandering off, a common occurrence in Shelly’s stage of Alzheimer’s. But she is worried that Shelly’s.... Read More

             

Vaccination Rates Among American Indians

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

Immunization against childhood diseases is regarded as one of the greatest public health achievements in the United States and worldwide. The benefit of vaccinations has been particularly notable for American Indian and Alaska Native people, who have suffered disproportionately from infectious diseases compared with the general U.S. population. Vaccination coverage among American Indian children is higher than national coverage levels for most vaccines. This finding contrasts with overall coverage estimates among all American Indians, which usually are slightly below national coverage levels.

From 2006 to 2010, CDC researchers reported that although disparities existed between white and American Indian and Alaska Native populations in 2001 to 2004, the findings from the latest surveys showed.... Read More

             

Caring for Those Who Care: Meeting the Needs of LGBT Caregivers

This article originally appeared on American Society on Aging.

Sponsored by Diverse Elders Coalition Register now for FREE

Includes complimentary CEs

If you require ADA accommodation to participate in this web seminar, please contact us at your earliest convenience to make arrangements.

This webinar will help providers further their understanding of the experiences of LGBT caregivers and improve their multicultural capacities to meet caregiver’s needs. This webinar is part of the cultural competency training curriculum created by the staff of the Diverse Elders Coalition and its six member organizations, with the support of a grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation. Much of the research and many statistics cited in the training were the result.... Read More

             

NICOA Creates COVID-19 Tribal Needs Assessment

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) invites you to participate in our COVID-19 tribal needs assessment. Your participation will positively impact the wellbeing of American Indian and Alaska Native elders.

As the leading national Native aging organization for elders, we strive to provide information that will assist tribes and their communities. The information we gather will help us better understand how tribes have been affected by COVID-19 and the mental, physical and social impact it has had on their health. It will also serve to illustrate what Indian Country looks like to those who do not know, and help us focus our efforts most effectively.

Once the information is collected and.... Read More

             

The world goes through the second wave of pandemic due to COVID-19

This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

Around the world, several countries are registering new spikes in cases, indicating a second wave of COVID-19. The rise in cases is driven by Europe, the United States and some countries in South America.

In total, more than 47 million people have been infected around the world, more than a million deaths due to the pandemic, and the numbers seem to increase disproportionately over time.

In Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that deaths from COVID-19 increased by almost 40% compared to previous records. Countries such as France and Germany have partially closed again in order to stop the spread of the virus. In Spain, a state of alarm.... Read More

             

How to be a long-distance caregiver?

This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the health precaution it brought with it, have now also required remote caregiving to also became an essential part of some people’s daily routine. Meeting or visiting someone is now more complicated and is not recommended because it could endanger the health of everyone involved, especially if the person receiving care is an older adult. Therefore, long-distance caregiving has taken more prominence as a solution in this current situation.

It is necessary to emphasize that long distance caregivers, in most cases, need the help of a primary or full-time caregiver, who is in charge of caring for the older adult, especially if they are caring for a.... Read More

             

Caregiving in a Pandemic Webinar December 3

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog. 

The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA), the Diverse Elders Coalition and the National Alliance for Caregiving are hosting a webinar focused on the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native caregivers in the time of COVID-19. Together, we invite you to join us for “Caregiving in a Pandemic: Accessing Services and Supports” December 3, 2020 12:30 p.m. EST.

Do you provide care or support for a friend or relative? If so, this session is for you! First 75 participants will receive a $25 gift card.

The webinar features interactive poll questions, and speakers such NICOA Executive Director Larry Curley; Captain Susan Karol, MD, Medical Officer for the Centers for.... Read More

             
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