Thursday, March 18, 2010

Resources Center on LGBT Aging to be Created

Last month we posted about recent media coverage of LGBT issues in end-of-life care. This week, the creation of a new National Technical Assistance Resources Center on LGBT aging was announced. The center will be created by Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE) with a three year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From the Future of Aging blog:
Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee said the center will provide aging services providers with the information, technical assistance and the training necessary to serve LGBT elders. Some of the services and supports include web-based clearinghouse that will include diverse resources, social networking tools, an “Ask the Experts” service, Web-based trainings and other features.

According to the LGBT Aging Project, who along with the Transgender Aging Network are two of ten organizational partners working with SAGE and whom have presented at past AAHSA Annual Meetings, the resource center has three goals:

  • Educate mainstream aging services organizations about the existence and special needs of LGBT elders.
  • Sensitize LGBT organizations about the existence and special needs of older adults.
  • Educate LGBT individuals about the importance of planning ahead for future long-term care needs.