FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 2, 2021
Contact: Mollie Katz, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Nov. 2, 2021)–How does caregiving impact women of color? What challenges face the newly visible population of caregivers under 18? And how can we shift public policy in America to make caregiving a communal –not individual–responsibility? These questions are answered in the latest issue of the American Society on Aging (ASA) publication The Generations Journal and three accompanying videos featured in ASA’s virtual exhibit, Visions of an Aging Society. The journal issue and videos take a close look at caregiving through the lens of equity and diversity in aging. All were developed jointly with Caring Across Generations,
The journal explores race and gender inequities in caregiving in 11 articles. All are written by women of color, the population that shoulders a disproportionate level of care responsibilities in paid and unpaid roles. The articles provide evidence that caregiving work by women of color has long been undervalued and underpaid, due to the legacy of slavery in this country that echoes in race and gender discrimination today.
The Visions of an Aging Society multimedia exhibit features three short videos that look at the value of care, and the expectation of receiving and giving care as we age. Diverse people tell their own stories about how race, ethnicity, and gender identity influence their families and communities. Those interviewed include a Black lesbian couple, a Puerto Rican woman, and a transgender person.
Generations Journal Articles
The articles address a wide range of caregiving concerns affecting marginalized groups. These include:
Other articles in the journal address issues such as raising revenue for equitable social policies, aging while incarcerated, deinstitutionalizing disability, and changing American narratives about caregiving through popular culture.
Note: The Generations Journal has a paywall but allows non-members of ASA to read three free articles per issue on the ASA website. Journalists who wish to view more of the issue may contact Mollie Katz, interim communications director at Caring Across Generations, email@example.com.
The American Society on Aging unites, empowers and champions everyone striving to improve aging.
Since 1954, ASA has developed and led the largest, most diverse community of professionals working in aging in America. As a result, ASA has become the go-to source to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge and strengthen the skills of our members and others who work with and on behalf of older adults.
As we unite, empower and champion our community, we have the unique responsibility to be a strong voice and thought leader on critical systemic issues that influence how we age. As America struggles with how best to respond to the need for greater inclusivity, anti-ageism and equity, ASA sees its responsibility as a leader to drive the discourse and advocate for the change necessary to address these issues in aging.
Caring Across Generations is a national campaign of families, caregivers, people with disabilities, and aging Americans working to transform the way we care in this country. By harnessing the power of online and grassroots organizing and culture change work, we are shifting how our nation values caregiving and calling for policy solutions that enable all of us to live well and age with dignity. For more information, visit http://www.caringacross.org.