7 posts categorized "Conferences"

March 11, 2014

NRC to Accept Award at ASA Conference!

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We are pleased to announce that SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging’s training program is being honored for the second time this month with another nationally recognized award for excellence! Today, at the American Society on Aging’s national conference, Aging in America, SAGE will be accepting the Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education. This annual award is given to a training program that shows significant and long-term contributions to the field of aging, and demonstrates exemplary training and educational efforts.

Since the inaugural training in 2011, through a national network of expert certified trainers, SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has been providing training for service providers on how to provide culturally competent care to LGBT older adults. To date, we have trained over 3,640 people, at hundreds of agencies, in over 30 states across the country with measurable results. Take a look at what people are saying about the strength of the trainings and request a training yourself!

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.

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January 30, 2014

SAGE at Creating Change

614px-Texas_flag_map.svgSAGE has landed in Houston! This year's Creating Change in the Lone Star State is proving a welcome change in weather for SAGE staffers from New York, Chicago and D.C. and ready to present on a variety of topics. For a full listing, including descriptions, download our schedule.

One of our major events will be presenting our Advocacy Award for Excellence in Leadership on Aging Issues to Stu Maddux, the award winning producer and director of independent documentaries about LGBTQ and LGBTQ history, including the remarkable and massively influential Gen Silent—which chronicles the lives of six LGBT elders as they navigate aging, caregiving, terminal illness, and loss.

Another highlight is the SAGE National Resource Center on LGBT Aging offering it's premier training on LGBT aging and cultural competency to Creating Change attendees. SAGE will also be conducting workshops on paid leave, the Affordable Care Act, advocacy work and more.

Of course, SAGE (and most of Creating Change goers) loves to participate in the "LGBT Elders 50+ and Allies Dance." Co-sponsored by The Task Force, this dance is a great chance for young and older to mingle, dance and party the night away! DJ Houston Sun will be spinning Saturday night from 9PM to midnight and we can't wait to see you there! Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the conference and if you're there, use #lgbtaging as a hashtag to connect with us.

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January 22, 2014

Stu Maddux to Receive the SAGE Advocacy Award at Creating Change 2014

StuSAGE is pleased to announce that the 2014 recipient of our annual SAGE Advocacy Award for Excellence in Leadership on Aging Issues is Stu Maddux, the award winning producer and director of independent documentaries about LGBTQ and LGBTQ history, including the remarkable and massively influential Gen Silent—which chronicles the lives of six LGBT elders as they navigate aging, caregiving, terminal illness, and loss.

In the last few decades, documentaries have had a profound impact on shifting public opinion, on raising awareness about important-though-neglected social issues, and on propelling forward a justice movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. But in the context of LGBT aging, no film has had a more profound impact on bringing to light the struggles of LGBT older people in the long-term care system than the documentary, Gen Silent. The award-winning documentary follows the lives of six LGBT elders in Boston—a beautiful though heart-wrenching film journey—yet its broader gift has been to animate a grassroots movement in support of LGBT elders, inspiring activists of all ages, all along the way.

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August 21, 2013

Victories Large and Small: Five Years of Program Wins for LGBT Older Adults

Today’s post is from Catherine Thurston, Senior Director for Programs at SAGE.

SageMatters_summer2013This past June, the LGBT community across the country (and around the world) celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In the days following the decision, I heard many SAGE constituents say that this was as seminal a moment for the LGBT civil rights movement as the Stonewall Riots 45 years ago—and that they felt privileged to have witnessed both events. There is no doubt that this is true, and we at SAGE celebrated that victory joyously, especially because we have a long and deep relationship with the wonderful Edie Windsor. Yet as I thought about what SAGE has accomplished in these last five years, I realized that for the LGBT older adults we engage, SAGE has led victories that, while not as publicized, have been life-changing all the same. Here are four areas where LGBT older adults have seen—and helped make—significant  changes in their lives and in their systems of support:

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April 15, 2013

American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference

The following is a guest post by Serena Worthington, Director of Community Advocacy and Capacity-Building at SAGE.

I am looking forward to presenting at the American Planning Association’s (APA) National Planning Conference in Chicago tomorrow. Because what I know about urban planning I learned from Bette Midler on Charlie Rose (I was surprised as anyone to learn that Ms. Midler has a deep passion for urban planning), I had to ask, “What is planning?”

According to the APA website, “Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations.”

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March 11, 2013

SAGE Brings LGBT Aging to the 2013 Aging in America Conference

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

Serena Picture One of my favorite conferences of the year, the American Society on Aging’s 2013 Aging in America Conference, starts tomorrow in my home city—Chicago! Aging in America—or as it is often casually referred to by attendees, ASA—is the nation’s largest aging conference. According to their Facebook page (get on over and friend them!) “over 3,000 professionals in the fields of aging, health care and education will gather to hear from experts, collaborate with colleagues, and share best practices and innovations.”

The conference runs from March 12-16, and this year, SAGE staff are involved in 14 of the more than 41 workshops and poster sessions related to LGBT issues, HIV and aging, and sexuality. Our friends at ASA put together a handy-dandy guide, LGBT, Sexuality, and HIV/AIDS and Aging Sessions, to all things LGBT at the conference. It’s awesome!

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