Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults often experience unique barriers to community resources that make it more difficult for them to access health resources and to age in place. PHMC is conducting a survey to learn more about LGBT seniors, their health status, and access to services. The survey takes a broad view of health, including health behaviors, emotional health, and connections to other people. It also seeks to gain feedback from LGBT individuals who are thriving, and how success can inform “age-friendly” policy and practices that are also LGBT-friendly. This survey is self-administered and can be completed by mail or online. PHMC is also looking for locations where a facilitator can administer the survey onsite. Locations have been identified in Center City. Additional sites are needed, especially in Germantown, Southwest Philadelphia, and Northeast Philadelphia. Participants are asked to provide space for a few hours and to promote the survey in a newsletter announcement. To participate or for more information, contact Heather Batson at 267-985-6237 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: PCA News Bulletin
Remember that the 2011 Regional Conference on Aging is coming up (September 19th to September 22nd). In addition to a great line up of regular workshops (see www.pcacares.org in the upper right hand corner of the web page) there are a series of lunch time events including discussions and resource tables on topics of interest to GenPhilly members. Many of the presenters are people active in GenPhilly.
Below please find a list of the Lunch Time Program and resource tables for each day. All events are held at PCA.
Lunch Time Program
PCA Second Floor Classroom
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Topics & Speakers
- Monday – 9/19
- “Caregiver GPS: Helping Caregivers Navigate Critical Transitions in Care”
- Speaker: Michele Mathes, JD, Education Director and Director of Research Programs at the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE).
- Tuesday – 9/20
- Walkability & Senior Health: Mapping the Results of a PCA Study
- Speakers: Lauren Ring, GIS Services, PCA &Allen Glicksman, Director of Research, PCA
- Wednesday – 9/21
- The Delaware Valley LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI)
- Speakers: Heshie Zinman, former Executive Director of The AIDS Information Network & Terri Clark, MPH, CHES, Prevention Services Coordinator at ActionAIDS, co-chairs of the Delaware Valley LGBTEI.
- Thursday – 9/22
- Urban Community Gardening with Seniors
- Speakers: Jamie Johns, MSW, Social Service Program Coordinator, The Salvation Army, Philadelphia, Social Service Ministries and Julie Umstead
The Resource Room, located in Conference Room R along with the Registration Desk, will have 7-9 tables staffed daily from Noon – 1:30 pm. Participants will change daily, and there will be a general theme each day that will highlight the various organizations who will be participating.
- Monday, 9/19 Age-Friendly Initiatives
- Tuesday, 9/ 20 Harnessing Technology to Enhance Services to Seniors
- Wednesday, 9/21 Gardening and Food Access
- Thursday, 9/ 22 Volunteer & Community Initiatives
Download the Full Conference Brochure here [pdf].
Caregiving is an issue that affects all of us—most of us will be caregivers or need care at some point in our lives. Providing care for a loved one can be difficult under any circumstances, but LGBT caregivers, in particular, face several unique challenges.
The Resource Center’s caregiving section is designed to address these challenges. Please visit http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org to check out new caregiving articles, presentations and other resources, including:
- Informative articles on a number of LGBT caregiving issues, from the legal documents LGBT caregivers need, to finding LGBT-friendly home care workers
- Videos that vividly illustrate the issues unique to LGBT caregiving
- Publications for LGBT older adults and service providers, such as financial planning tool kits, tips for working with transgender clients and the latest research on LGBT aging issues
- Links to local resources in communities across the country, from caregiving and health care locators, to LGBT community centers
- Training and continuing education resources for aging services providers and LGBT organizations to help ensure that institutions serving older adults are welcoming to LGBT elders. continue reading>>
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging has announced the release of Ready to Serve? The Aging Network and LGB and T Older Adults, a national report that provides a snapshot of the National Aging Network’s readiness to meet the specific needs of the growing numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults in this country.
The report, the first of its kind in terms of scope, presents findings from a nationwide survey of AAAs on their current work with LGBT older adults. It provides a more detailed picture of aging providers’ experiences and capacities to serve LGBT elders.
The study captured responses from 320 agencies nationwide, based in 45 states and every region of the country. Some of the report’s key findings include:
- More than a third of agencies had offered or funded some type of LGBT aging training to staff, and four out of five agencies were willing to offer training in the future.
- Very few agencies offered LGBT-specific programs or outreach, and less than half of the agencies reported they would be able to offer or fund LGBT-specific services.
- While a majority of agencies believed LGBT older adults would be welcomed by local aging service providers, only 31 percent of agencies had received a recent request to help a lesbian, gay or bisexual person, and only 19 percent had received a request to help a transgender person.
- Agencies that had provided staff training were more likely to offer targeted services and outreach to LGBT older adults, and were two to three times more likely to have received a request for help from an LGBT older adult.
To download the report, visit here.
The “It Gets Better” video produced by the Boston area’s LGBT Aging Project has become quite popular nationwide.
Including senior citizens promising to LGBT youth that their lives will get better, and it’s possible to survive anti-gay bullying… continue reading>>
Source: Hannah Clay Wareham (Bay Windows)
The survey is being conducted by a coalition of organizations serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors throughout the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley and was funded in part by a grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development of the State of Pennsylvania.
For more information, please contact the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund at 215-563-6417, extension 117.