NewBridge stands in solidarity with the black community in protest over the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Many black older adults have experienced years of race-related stress. They have felt routinely unseen, unheard, and misunderstood when trying to access services or community resources. For years black older adults have continually experienced both subtle and overt forms of racial discrimination. This has resulted in limited access to services for black older adults, such as health care and housing, and contributed to health disparities and increased rates of mental health disorders. Limited access to community resources has significantly contributed to the experience of race-related stress and created barriers for blacks to achieving healthy and productive aging. The fact that some obstacles still remain is senseless and inexcusable. The ongoing systemic racism that black people experience every day needs to end.
NewBridge and our partners have been addressing inequities faced by black older adults in the community for decades. It is crucial, now more than ever, that we stop the unacceptable disparities among our most vulnerable populations. We need to step up our work together to address these issues by working with affected communities and the providers who serve them to make impactful change.
NewBridge will engage in opportunities to listen, learn, and be more active in promoting antiracism in our organization and in our daily work with older adults.