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The January issue of Diversity Rules Magazine features a story about a new report from the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) and its members and in partnership with the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC). The report, calls for policies to support family caregivers in the U.S. that address systemic inequities. It also is an analysis that reveals how Diverse Family Caregivers of Older Adults in the United States were Impacted during the pandemic.

Family Caregiving in Diverse Communities addresses the needs of diverse family caregivers for older Americans. It focuses on understanding the lived experiences of family caregivers who support older adults from the DEC’s constituent communities, including racially and ethnically diverse people; American Indians and Alaska Natives; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) people.

Key themes that have emerged in the report include a lack of resources to adequately and culturally responsively address caregivers’ mental health, social isolation, and financial strain. The report also highlights protective factors or how our communities exercise resilience despite the pandemic and other inequities.

The (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 people. They envision a world where all older adults can live full and active lives as they age.

.Click HERE to read the complete ARTICLE on the Diversity Rules Magazine blog page.