If you find the stories and issues explored in The Graying of AIDS compelling, we urge you to channel your energy, ideas, and other resources into meaningful action. There are many ways you can get involved, both through supporting this project and by working directly to address the challenges confronting older adults living with HIV and those who care for them.
- Educate yourself. Whether you’re an older adult, a care provider, or a concerned family member, friend, or community member, our extended Resource Links can connect you with valuable information, resources, and organizations you might want to support. The more you learn about the issues and what is being done in your area to address them, the easier it’ll be to see how your talents, skills, and resources can best contribute to the critically important work taking place around the country.
- Talk about it. HIV/AIDS persists in part because all the things we find it difficult to talk about as a society – sex and sexuality, substance use, ageism, racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia – contribute to its survival. The more we confront these cultural taboos and prejudices and work together to decrease their reach and power, the less they will act as barriers to critical education, support, treatment, and public policy changes. Don’t be afraid to open a dialog and ask difficult questions; it’s only by questioning the status quo that we can hope to change it.
- Do Something! There are amazing organizations working on the local, state, and national levels to address both the day-to-day challenges confronting older adults living with HIV/AIDS and the larger policy issues that impact their daily struggles. VOLUNTEER to help people get to their appointments and go grocery shopping; LOBBY your representatives to support universal access to health care and critical life-saving programs like ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program); and yes, WRITE THOSE CHECKS – in economically challenging times, not-for-profits depend on your support to continue their work.