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15 posts from April 2013

April 10, 2013

Beyond the Balsamic BBQ Chicken, The SAGE Center Dinners Offer Camaraderie

This is a guest post by Devin Madden, MPH, Project Manager at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the Department of Health Evidence and Policy

Older adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) have long had needs that were made invisible or ignored.

In 2012, the Department for the Aging (DFTA) and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) joined forces to change that. Two summers ago, Mayor Bloomberg’s call for an “age-friendly” New York City for its 1.3 million seniors made headlines. In response, DFTA funded eight Innovative Senior Centers (ISC) throughout the five boroughs.

SAGE’s ISC in Chelsea (also known as The SAGE Center) is serving LGBT seniors facing a unique set of health disparities. Among many culturally sensitive programs and activities for LGBT seniors over the age of 60, the center offers nutritionally balanced hot meals every Monday through Friday, from 5-6:30pm (for a softly suggested donation of $2). So far 1,100 participants have registered. Charles Cole, a diner and a SAGE Center receptionist, notes that, “For a lot of the people here, this will be their one healthy meal of the day.”


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April 8, 2013

How an Old Lesbian Learned New Tricks

This is a guest post by Pam Chamberlain, former educator and producer of an independent documentary film  based on a Boston LGBTQ youth theater troupe.

When I retired last spring from a career in education and research, I wondered what effect the transition would have on my identity. I was joining the first big wave of LGBT baby boomer retirees. What did that mean? Would I feel liberated, at loose ends or useless? Little did I know that my ideas about identity would be challenged in such fundamental, and intellectually curious, ways by a new generation of queer activists.

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April 5, 2013

Life After Kathy: A Widow's Story

During the month of April, SAGE will be featuring stories relating to the importance of marriage equality for LGBT older adults every Friday. These stories are also part of our SAGE Story series. Do you have a story you would like to share? Tell us today!

Lynne_kathy_final_SSLynne and Kathy Vantran celebrated the 18th of every month with, at the very least, a special dinner out together. They held the number sacred because on December 18, 1980, they met while serving in the military. Both were teenagers getting over relationships with ex-boyfriends, and as Lynne described it, “we were literally crying in our beer." 

As they helped each other through their failed relationships, Lynne and Kathy could not help but notice the relationship that was forming between them. Little by little, they grew close together as they shared a deep secret. By June 18, 1981, Lynne and Kathy received special permission to move out of the army barracks, a reward for their excellent conduct as soldiers, and the couple moved in together to an apartment off-base.

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April 3, 2013

Pitching Your Best Self: Tips and Tricks to Identifying and Presenting Your Strengths!

Shiv Paul
Shiv Paul is a trainer for SAGEWorks. The workshop he leads includes exercises to help people identify and sell their strengths, as well as tips and tricks on how to write effective cover letters and resumes. If you are in the New York City area and want to attend his workshop in person, the next one is Wednesday, April 10th from 6-7:30pm. Scroll to the bottom of the post for detailed information, including how to RSVP.

I recently sat down with Shiv to ask him about tips, advice and best practices he can share with mature workers looking for a job. Shiv was a recruitment professional for many years and currently works for a management consulting firm and is owner of his own life coaching practice, Authentic Life Rules. Over the years, his own experiences and those of his clients have taught him effective techniques for increasing a candidate’s chances of getting a job. This includes successful networking, and writing a well-crafted resume and cover letter. He shares with us below.

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April 1, 2013

Read the Latest Spring SAGEMatters!

No, this isn't an April Fool's joke! The latest edition of SAGEMatters is hot off the presses and has some great articles featuring SAGE Story; Hurricane Sandy relief and the work of our new case managers; profiles of Eleanor Smith (founder of Concrete Change) and some of our newest board members, Kelley L. Buchanan and Victoria L. Raymont; and a recap of our winter events and policy wins!

Download your own version today.