News and EventsThursday, February 18, 2016
Training offered on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors
Professionals serving older adults are becoming more aware of their need to become more competent and skilled in working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) seniors. It is estimated there are one to three million LGBT seniors. As Boomers age, that number is projected to reach three to seven million by 2030.
To address the training gap, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and SAGEUSA are offering a three-part webinar training series on LGBT aging issues. The trainings are:
According to SAGEUSA, LGBT seniors are four times less likely to have children and twice as likely to live alone, compared with their heterosexual peers, but are five times less likely to access senior services. This lack of support increases the risk of depression, substance abuse, unnecessary institutionalization and premature death.
Many of the issues are poignantly expressed in the film Gen Silent, which is recommended viewing for anyone wanting to increase understanding.
Other training, education and support resources
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging offers webinars and in-person trainings led by an NRC-certified trainer. Click here for a list of trainings and more info.
Online learning tool
The tool is intended for long term care and other aging service providers as an introduction to LGBT aging. It is intended as a first step in learning how to create safe, welcoming and inclusive services for LGBT older adults.
For those participants using this tool who are working in a nonresidential setting, please print out and use this compendium guide to follow along with specific suggestions for nonresidential service settings. This tool is split up into six modules, each approximately 10 minutes long.
Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton
Visit Council on Aging's Resource Directory for other LGBT resources.