Science moved at unprecedented speed to develop vaccines against the new coronavirus. It was too fast for some Latinos—especially those egged on my myth and misinformation.
By Jenny Manrique. This article originally appeared on Palabra.
Read in Spanish and see the video in Spanish with English subtitles: https://www.palabranahj.org/archive/contra-vacuna
On the ranch where Gabriela Navarrete was raised in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, she learned early on that the land could provide what she needed to cure her ills. Mesquite bark, olive oil, corn vinegar and baking soda were useful for treating everything from joint pains to throat infections. In case of indigestion, the medicine was a good old stomach rub.
Navarrete, 69, passed on to her three daughters and one son the lesson that “everything natural is what is good for the body.”
So when the COVID-19 pandemic began, she quickly stocked up.... Read More
How to Stay Safe When Going Back Out in Public
No matter where you live, you’ve been asked to make an array of adjustments in the past six months to deal with the pandemic.
You’ve started wearing a mask everywhere you go and learned to practice social distancing. You’ve changed your shopping habits to account for supply-chain issues and shortages. Maybe you’re caring for aging or at-risk loved ones — or receiving that kind of care, yourself.
Now, however, transmission rates are slowing in some areas. A new vaccine may be on the horizon,.... Read More
Centering Vaccination Planning on Equity: Intersecting Considerations of Age, Race, and More
Like many older adults, Dorothy, the 72-year-old Chinese American in Seattle’s Chinatown, has had a tough year. She has been coping by mostly quarantining alone, with loved ones occasionally stopping by to bring essential groceries and household items. Months had passed by since she left the floor of her senior housing building, and one day when she went downstairs to her mailbox, she was startled to realize that she had forgotten how to open the mailbox door. Little things like that, on top of having to celebrate her upcoming 73rd birthday alone – contrary to the usual large family celebration with games and food – continue.... Read More
Diversifying Research on COVID-19 and Aging-Related Issues: A Call for Asian American and Pacific Islander Older Adults and Caregivers to Participate in COMPASS and CARE
By Frances Huynh and Dyanna Chung. This article originally appeared in NAPCA’s media center.
2020 was an incredibly challenging year for most people because of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. One significant thing that we have learned is that older adults are at a higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness and death. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 8 out of 10 Covid-19 deaths reported in United States have been among adults age 65 years old and older. Despite the high death rates, there is still a lack of information and data on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) older adults, which is important in assessing the health impact of COVID-19 on these populations. Additionally, since.... Read More
Study Seeks to Understand Arab American Health During COVID-19
By Hassan Abbas. This article originally appeared in Arab American News.
DEARBORN — A new research project seeks to better understand how social and behavioral aspects of everyday life affect the health and wellness of those aged 65 and older in Metro Detroit.
A special component of this research, led by University of Michigan professor Kristine Ajrouch, PhD, will study the social components of health among Arab Americans in the age group, who have often been overlooked in past studies due to certain limitations.
As such, households in the Arab American enclave of Dearborn can expect to receive letters from the Detroit Area Wellness Network (DAWN) project starting in January, asking if there are qualified adults in their homes who would.... Read More
It’s Time to Meet the Needs of African American and Black Caregivers
This article originally appeared on the American Society on Aging, Generations Today.
Editor’s Note: This article represents the first in a series by the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) to be published in Generations Today. Articles are connected to ASA-hosted webinars; see end of article to register. The series of articles by the DEC highlights research from The Caregiving Initiative, a multiyear research project funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation.
As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it is becoming increasingly clear that the virus disproportionately affects communities of color, American Indian, Alaska Native and LGBT communities. Of those affected, perhaps one of the most overlooked groups are diverse family caregivers who may be simultaneously caring for families, aging loved ones and.... Read More
SAGE’s COVID-19 Response
This article originally appeared on the SAGE blog.
SAGE is committed to keeping our community and staff safe in the face of COVID-19. As we continue to navigate this global pandemic, we are reminded daily of the isolation and unique needs that our community faces. SAGE’s response to COVID-19 has required flexibility, innovation, and new approaches to challenges. Learn more about how SAGE is continuing to provide LGBT elders with programs, services, and support during this time.
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Election Reflections from SEARAC’s Field Staff
This article originally appeared on the SEARAC blog.
We asked SEARAC’s Field Team staff to share their reflections on the 2020 election cycle, especially as compared to the 2016 US presidential elections. Early insights from the November 2020 elections show increased AAPI voter turnout, which we know is due to the hard work of organizers and organizations encouraging our communities to get out the vote. While both election cycles have been grueling, we know that the work being done by those in the field is establishing an engaged and active AAPI electorate that will impact our nation for years to come.
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 Sponsored by the Diverse Elders Coalition Register now for FREE
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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