The organizations and institutions that make up the Aging Network play a critical role in delivering services to older adults across the country. Yet, the specific needs of diverse elders are often invisible. These communities may not seek services due to fear of, and negative experiences with, discrimination and bias because of race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status. As the aging population grows, the demand for aging service providers with cultural awareness is increasing.

“Serving Diverse Elders: Strategies for Meaningful Inclusion in Service Planning and Delivery” is a collaborative guide produced by the National Consortium on Aging Resources for Seniors’ Equity, a consortium of organizations that serve diverse older adults across the country, including: National Association for Hispanic

Elderly [Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores] (ANPPM), the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA), the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA), the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc (NCBA), and SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (SAGE). Throughout this guide, organizations share best practices on how they have worked to engage diverse elders and developed culturally inclusive plans and services. We hope this guide compliments your work and enhances your ability to provide culturally affirming and specific services that center diverse elders in every step of your planning process.

This guide is supported with funding from the Administration for Community Living.