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March 10, 2014

SAGE Brings LGBT Aging to the 2014 Aging in America Conference

SerenaToday’s post is from Serena Worthington, Director of Community Advocacy and Capacity-Building. Follow her on Twitter.

It’s time once again for the American Society on Aging’s 2014 Aging in America Conference, which begins tomorrow in lovely San Diego! After a winter of weather extremes, I am guessing that many of the attendees are looking forward to thawing out. As a Chicagoan at the tail end of our third coldest winter in history, I am grateful to the conference organizers for their choice of a temperate Southern California location. Good job guys!

Hosted by the American Society on Aging (ASA), Aging in America is the nation’s largest aging conference with 2,500 professional presenting over 500 workshops over five days. For updates from ASA, check out their Facebook page and follow them @asaging. Congratulations to ASA on their 60th anniversary of “supporting the commitment and enhancing the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families.”

Between now and March 15th, SAGE staff members are involved in 14 of the more than 41 conference workshops, poster sessions, and peer sessions related to LGBT issues, HIV and aging, policy, and sexuality. For a list of all of the sessions on these topics, check out this handy dandy guide complied by ASA.

An annual highlight for me is the Diversity Summit. This year the theme is Investing in the Future of Aging Professionals: A Call to Action. SAGE’s Executive Director, Michael Adams— along with a remarkable slate of panelists—will consider “the Affordable Care Act provisions’ influence on delivery of care and what training is needed to prepare the nation’s professionals to motivate older adults to engage in successful care management practices and avoid hospital admissions or readmissions. It also will explore ways to enhance the skills of community professionals to ensure their approach, guidance, advice and work with older adults are culturally relevant and ethnically appropriate to diverse populations.”

I’m looking forward to seeing my cherished colleagues from across the country and to my three workshops: 1) Safe and Affordable Housing for Diverse Elders with Britta Larson, M.NA, Director of Senior Services, Center on Halsted; Bryan Pacheco, National Coordinator, Diverse Elders Coalition, and Heshie Zinman, Chair, LGBT Elder Initiative; 2) Working with Older Adults Across the Mental Health Spectrum with Catherine Thurston and Tom Weber, our Director of Constituent Services; and 3) Opportunities to Fund LGBT Programs with Public Monies with Lisa Krinsky, MSW, LICSW, Director, LGBT Aging Project, The Fenway Institute, Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, Director, Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and Christopher Kerr, MEd, LPC, Clinical Director, Montrose Center.

For live updates, follow me on Twitter @SAGE_Serena.

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