We advocate for the unique needs of our communities.

Who We Are

Founded in 2010, the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) advocates for policies and programs that improve aging in our communities as racially and ethnically diverse people; American Indians and Alaska Natives; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) people.

What We Do

As the Diverse Elders Coalition, we produce original policy analysis and resources, speak with policymakers and advocates to highlight the issues of our communities and share solutions, and work to ensure the needs and perspective of diverse elders are at the forefront of national and local conversations on aging.

Our Member Organizations

  • NAPCA
    (National Asian Pacific Center on Aging)
  • NCBA
    (National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc.)
  • NHCOA
    (National Hispanic Council on Aging)
  • NICOA
    (National Indian Council on Aging)
  • SAGE
    (Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders)
  • SEARAC
    (Southeast Asia Resource Action Center)

From The Blog

More Support for Family Caregivers Available Via the RAISE Act Roadmap

Featured Post

More Support for Family Caregivers Available Via the RAISE Act Roadmap

This article originally appeared in the American Society on Aging, Generations Journal. The original article can be found here.

Caregiving has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Being the oldest of three kids with two immigrant parents, caregiving responsibilities fell on me from an early age. Whether it was translating information at t…

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Recent Posts

Celebrating the Wisdom and Resilience of AANHPI Older Adults: Stories of Heritage and Legacy


Celebrating the Wisdom and Resilience of AANHPI Older Adults: Stories of Heritage and Legacy

As we commemorate both Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Older Americans Month this May, it is a perfect time to honor the rich tapestry of experiences and contributions of older adults within the AANHPI communities. This…

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DEC Releases Policy Priorities to Address Needs of Diverse Older Adults


DEC Releases Policy Priorities to Address Needs of Diverse Older Adults

In collaboration with our six national member organizations, the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) is excited to share its new Policy Priorities to focus the attention of policymakers on the urgent needs of the growing number of diverse older adults in the United States….

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Women’s Equality Day: Addressing the Wage Disparity among Women


Women’s Equality Day: Addressing the Wage Disparity among Women

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day! As we look back at the historic day when women in the United States were granted the right to vote in 1920, it’s essential to understand that the journey toward true equality is far from over. A significant issue that remains…

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The Intersection of Racism, Discrimination and Mental Health in Diverse Communities: What Is the Impact?


The Intersection of Racism, Discrimination and Mental Health in Diverse Communities: What Is the Impact?

July marks National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about mental health conditions currently prevailing among diverse groups. The aim is not just to shed light on these issues’ gravity but also to break down the stigma…

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Stepping Out as Allies to Stop Anti-Trans Attacks


Stepping Out as Allies to Stop Anti-Trans Attacks

By Michael Adams. This article originally appeared in the Advocate.com As LGBTQ+ people and our allies continue to celebrate Pride throughout the summer, we have been pummeled with an avalanche of laws passed in more than 20 states targeting LGBTQ+ youth, their…

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In Fond Memory of David Kim


In Fond Memory of David Kim

With heavy hearts, we at the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) remember and honor the late David L. Kim, President and CEO of one of our six Member organizations, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging.   David fought for language access and equitable, culturally…

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Resources for Diverse Aging

The Diverse Elders Coalition offers a variety of multimedia resources, including original research and policy reports, fact sheets, webinars, and more, aimed at ensuring that our diverse communities can age successfully with dignity, greater self-sufficiency and in the best possible health.

Featured Resource

Curious about other resources DEC has to offer?

Visit our Resources for Aging page to discover more!

Our Member Organizations

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging

National Caucus and Center on Black Aging

National Hispanic Council on Aging

National Indian Council on Aging, Inc.

SAGE Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center