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DIVERSE ELDERS COALITION

WHATAdvocates for elders across racial, ethnic, and cultural communities on aging-related policies and programs and educates older people on issues related to aging.
WHYTo provide a voice for the the diverse challenges all elders face and to promote a federal agenda to improve the health, economic security, dignity, and well-being of older adults.
WHEREDiverse Elders Coalition. Across the USA.


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“We are diverse, resilient and vibrant…we are growing by the millions…we are too often left out of the conversations that govern our lives…we have come together to say that we deserve more.”

"As the fabric of our country is changing in texture, our communities will be the thread that sustains the future. The United States is becoming increasingly older and more diverse in its racial and ethnic composition. Further, generations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) people are aging. We know that addressing the health and economic security of older people will require dedicated attention from leaders in government, the aging and health fields, and from our everyday communities.

“We work with policy experts across our organizations to address the needs of elders of color and LGBT elders at the federal level. As the Diverse Elders Coalition, we produce original policy analysis and resources, speak with federal agencies to highlight the issues of our communities and share solutions, and coordinate gatherings of key policymakers to ensure the needs and perspective of diverse elders are at the forefront of the conversations on aging.”

- diverseelders.org

The Diverse Elders Coalition fights for the elderly on the following key issues:

  • Integrating elders of color and LGBT elders into health reform initiatives.
  • Preserving and strengthening Social Security.
  • Expanding Medicaid nationwide.
  • Strengthening supports and services for older adults living HIV.
  • Ensuring that the Older Americans Act includes LGBT older people and provides services that are culturally and linguistically competent.
  • Supporting inclusive immigration reform.
  • Advancing economic security for diverse elders.
The coalition posts and shares stories related to minority and LGBT elders on their website to raise awareness on the issues that affect diverse elders. Individual stories and life experiences may be shared with journalists, leaders, policy makers and others to better advocate for the unique needs of diverse elders.

The Diverse Elders Coalition works to promote a better quality of life for Black, Asian, Indian, Latino, Alaska Native, Pacific Islander and LGBT seniors. The organization works with the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA), National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA), Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. (SEARAC)
source: diverseelders.org

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