SAGE Welcomes Four New National Partners Serving Communities of Color to Its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
New partners will help ensure that SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging reaches and reflects the diversity of the country’s aging population; the organizations include the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA); National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc. (NCBA); National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA); and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC).
"SAGE has had the honor of working collaboratively with these leading organizations in recent years to advocate for federal aging policies that reflect the needs of diverse elder communities. I am thrilled that they have now agreed to partner even more deeply with SAGE at such an exciting and transformative time for LGBT aging issues," said Michael Adams, executive director of SAGE. "With their deep experience and dedication to improving the lives of elders of color, our partners will work with SAGE to ensure that our National Resource Center on LGBT Aging effectively responds to the needs of all LGBT older people, including LGBT elders of color."
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging was established in 2010 by SAGE in partnership with 10 LGBT and aging organizations nationwide, including the American Society on Aging; CenterLink; FORGE Transgender Aging Network; GRIOT Circle; Hunter College; The LGBT Aging Project; the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; the National Institute of Senior Centers (National Council on Aging); Openhouse; and PHI.
Since its launch, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has unveiled an extensive library of more than 400 multimedia resources for LGBT older adults and aging service providers. These resources, which have been downloaded more than 40,000 times, cover topics such as ageism, cultural competence, end of life decisions, financial security, housing, health care access, HIV and aging, Medicaid and Medicare, mental health, racial equity, retirement, transgender issues, and more. In addition, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has trained nearly 480 people in 90 organizations across the country on how to better serve LGBT elders in their communities.
"Each of our new partner organizations brings a rich perspective on the diversity of the aging population and the challenges inherent to all aging communities," said Hilary Meyer, director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. "With the leadership of GRIOT Circle and our new partners, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging will be better able to support our diverse communities and make a tremendous difference for all LGBT older adults."
About the New National Partners
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
Established in 1979, the mission of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging is to serve as the nation's leading advocacy and service organization committed to the dignity, well-being and quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) as they age. NAPCA serves approximately 10,000 low-income AAPI elders through employment and healthy aging programs and a national, toll-free, Asian language Helpline, linking limited and non-English speaking elders with important resources and benefit programs. "We are pleased to partner with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to ensure that all populations of diverse elders are made aware of important resources that assist in aging in a more secure and dignified way," said NAPCA's President and CEO, Christine Takada.
National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc. (NCBA)
NCBA is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the dignity and enhancing the lives of low income elderly African Americans. As one of the largest minority focused organizations in the United States, NCBA addresses the needs of its constituency in the areas of health, affordable housing and employment. Founded in 1970 to ensure that the particular concerns of elderly minorities would be included during the 1971 White House Conference on Aging, NCBA works to facilitate the sharing of resources, information and experience across a spectrum of policy makers, legislators, advocacy and service organizations to address the issues that impact the quality of life for America's elderly minority population. "While key federal legislation such the Older Americans Act offers older adults, particularly low-income minority seniors, equal opportunity to financial security, affordable housing, access to health care and more, it's important for all Americans to understand that the quality of life concerns for LGBT older people still remain bleak," said Karyne Jones, President and CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc. (NCBA). "Understanding this, NCBA looks forward to partnering with SAGE's National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to ensure the needs of all seniors are equitably represented at all levels of government.
National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)
The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) is the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families and their caregivers. For more than 30 years, NHCOA has been a strong voice dedicated to securing healthy, happy golden years for the nation's Hispanic older adults. Its vision is a society in which all older adults have access to necessary resources so they can age securely, with dignity, greater self-sufficiency, and in the best possible health. NHCOA accomplishes this mission by integrating research, policy, and practice to tackle the unique challenges Hispanic older adults face as they age, and by educating and empowering them to be better advocates for themselves. At the community level, NHCOA represents a Hispanic Aging Network of 39 community-based organizations across the continental U.S., the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and also maintains a broader network of 7,000 individuals that reaches 10 million Hispanics each year. Nationally, NHCOA engages in advocacy activities to ensure public policy and legislative efforts targeting older Americans are inclusive of the nation's diverse elder population. "Diverse elders are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. older adult population, yet also among the most vulnerable in our communities. NHCOA is proud to partner with the first-ever National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to ensure that all diverse older adults, including Hispanic LGBT seniors, have access to the information, services, and resources they need to live their golden years in dignity, good health, and with economic security," said Yanira Cruz, the National Hispanic Council on Aging President and CEO.
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
SEARAC is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. We envision a socially, politically and economically just society for all communities to enjoy for all generations. "We are excited to join the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging as a national partner," said Doua Thor, executive director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. "We are proud to be able to work with SAGE and the other national partners to empower elders and address barriers to healthy aging.
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 30 SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org.