People often ask me, “Why do we need a place for LGBT older people to live? Don’t we have enough nursing homes and retirement homes for them to use?”
So I often share the story of John, a well-to-do gay elder who was found deceased — in his welcoming, upscale retirement complex. He had stopped going to church. He had stopped playing cards and going to the clubs. He had stopped interacting with his friends.
Or I sometimes share the sorrow of my older friend, Helen, who after the death of her partner, was asked by her partner’s siblings to leave.... Read More
On September 14th, Affinity Community Services‘ Trailblazers Who Care hosted a FREE Medical Advocacy workshop facilitated by The Care Plan, at our new location located in the historic Bronzeville community on Chicago’s southside. This senior programming workshop discussed advocacy for yourself and or a loved one in a medical setting. The Care Plan facilitator, Jacqueline Boyd, provided information on senior wellness and securing the maximum service from your health-care providers. The workshop series began in May and has covered senior advocacy for caretakers and families alike. The Care Plan provides consultations for managing and mapping successful senior health and aging. Our constituents have found the services offered by The Care Plan to be compassionately helpful and timely in the.... Read More
SAGE and Partners Launching LGBT Elder Housing in NYC
This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post Blog on July 11, 2016. Read the original post here.
Recently, SAGE closed out New York City’s Pride month with the historic announcement that, after many years of effort, we have sealed deals for the Big Apple’s first two LGBT-friendly senior housing developments. The news, which culminates decades of effort by LGBT elder advocates, was rolled out at a June 30 press conference where SAGE was joined by our partner developers, elected officials and a passionate crowd of elders from Brooklyn and the Bronx, where the two new housing communities will be built.
The two newly-announced LGBT-welcoming housing developments – Ingersoll Senior Residences in Brooklyn and.... Read More
What Affordable/Accessible Housing Options Exist for Diverse Elders?
America’s older population is in the midst of unprecedented growth. As the baby boomer generation continues to experience increased longevity, the 50 and over population is projected to increase about 20 percent by 2030 or to about 132 million people. In just 15 years, one in five people will be at least age 65. Ensuring that this demographic continues to experience affordable and accessible housing that offers a sense of community as well as other services and supports that enables them to remain active and productive members of society has taken on a new urgency not only for individuals and their families, but also for the nation as a whole.
For some people, staying in their current homes works..... Read More
Housing For Diverse Elders is a Public Health Issue
Spring is here. The knockout rose bushes are in full bloom, the other flowers have begun to bloom in the garden. Old Man Winter has left and we can sit on the front porch. However, as I write this, I am in the house, bundled up in a turtleneck and cable knit sweater thinking Old Man Winter hasn’t gone far enough and I should perhaps turn on the heat. My mind automatically drifts to thinking about the older adults that are in need of warm, safe, decent, affordable housing, the increase of homelessness and the decrease of affordable housing among elders in the.... Read More
During Black History Month, Mary’s House for Older Adults, SAGE Metro DC, and AARP DC held a LGBTQ/SGL (same gender-loving) State of the Union. One of the issues brought to the forefront was the increase of suicides among LGBTQ elders in nursing homes and other facilities. Surprised?
While we’re all sort of aware that suicide is a leading cause of death for youth aged 10 to 24, we rarely think of it as a leading cause for elders. However, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) has a startling statistic: people 45-64 years old had the highest suicide rate in 2013, and elders 85 years.... Read More
New Mexico Pueblo of Isleta Elder Center Sets High Standard for Service and Care
Randella Bluehouse, Executive Director, and other staff from the National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. were attending the Annual New Mexico Conference on Aging at Isleta Resort and Casino when they were invited for an informal tour of the Pueblo of Isleta Elder Center. The Center opened in May 2015. The design, construction, implementation and staffing of the center was an undertaking that required the dedicated efforts of many tribal leaders, members and other champions.
Regulatory Monitor Juan Rey Abeita showed the NICOA staff around the new facility. The building is beautiful, welcoming and elegant with meaningful symbols and photos of tribal members throughout. But a building does not come to life without the energy and.... Read More
NICOA to Develop Online Elder Resource for American Indian/Alaska Natives across Indian Country
The National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA) is preparing to launch a first of its kind online Elder resource directory for American Indian/Alaska Natives and the Aging Network called “Tribal Footprints.” The directory will be designed as an Elder-friendly website for searching critical health and social services and resources, categorized by tribal name, region and community service type. Twenty-seven Tribal Leaders have already agreed to participate in the much anticipated project, with more signing on weekly.
“We are honored and excited as this resource will also link and coordinate.... Read More
Positive Momentum: Reflecting on Yesterday’s White House Conference on Aging
In the days and weeks following the White House Conference on Aging, we’ll be highlighting our community members’ experiences and reflections from this historic event. Today, we’re sharing Michael Adams’ take on what the WHCOA means for LGBTQ elders. This post originally appeared on the SAGE blog.
I’m excited to report that Monday’s White House Conference on Aging included some major breakthroughs for SAGE and LGBT older people across the country. In recent months, SAGE has prepared diligently to ensure that LGBT voices would be heard at this influential conference, held every ten years. As I listened to an inspiring and impassioned statement to conference leaders from iconic LGBT aging activist Sandy Warshaw, who called for.... Read More