FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2015
Jenna McDavid, Diverse Elders Coalition
Ben de Guzman, Diverse Elders Coalition
Diverse Elder Communities in Los Angeles
Hosting Town Hall to Discuss the 2015 White House Conference on Aging
Los Angeles, CA – May 7, 2015
WHAT: In order to ensure that the voices of communities of color and LGBTQ communities in Los Angeles are represented at this year’s White House Conference on Aging, the Diverse Elders Coalition is joining local and national organizations to put on a Town Hall in Los Angeles with Nora Super, Executive Director of the White House Conference and Aging. At this event, elders of color, LGBT elders, advocates, and community leaders will join Ms. Super and other invited policymakers and public officials, including LA City Councilmember Mitch O’ Farrell, a gay man and an enrolled member of the Wyandotte Native American tribe representing the Historic Filipinotown district where the event will be held.
WHEN: May 7, 2015 from 12:00 PM until 2:30 PM
WHERE: Pilipino Workers Center, 153 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
WHY: The White House Conference on Aging is held once every ten years and is a once in a decade opportunity to focus national attention on the need of our nation’s elder population. The DEC, its member organizations and other advocates serving elders of color, LGBT elders, and their caregivers have been engaging the White House Conference on Aging this year to bring our communities’ voices forward. This Town Hall brings together elders, caregivers, and advocates from Los Angeles to speak with White House Conference organizers about the specific and unique needs of our communities as they relate to the four areas of interest for the conference: Healthy Aging, Long-Term Services and Supports, Elder Justice, and Economic Security.
Elders living in communities of color and LGBTQ communities often have unique needs often ignored in mainstream policy discussions around aging, including culturally and linguistically competent care, access to services, housing, discrimination that is compounded by ageism, and a range of health disparities. By inviting local elders to speak directly to White House representatives about these unique issues, we are ensuring that our voices are heard, considered, and honored as aging policies and practices are put into place for the years ahead.
This event is sponsored and supported by:
Caring Across Generations
Diverse Elders Coalition
Los Angeles LGBT Center
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (NCAPACD)
National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)
National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)
Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California (PWC)
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
This event is by invitation only, but we invite all of our diverse elder communities to share their stories with us through our White House Conference on Aging survey: http://bit.ly/18DN4YE
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