28 posts categorized "Health & Wellness"

March 25, 2013

Ten Things Every LGBT Older Adult Should Know About Diabetes

Tomorrow is National Diabetes Alert Day. According to the American Diabetes Association, National Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes. Access your risk by taking the test now.

Studies have shown that LGBT older adults are less likely to access mainstream health care providers, have health insurance, and seek treatment or care. This puts them at greater risk for poorer overall health, and for developing chronic, but manageable, conditions such as diabetes.

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March 14, 2013

New Data Collection Guide Now Available

InclusiveQuestionsforOlder-AdultsThis a guest post by Hilary Meyer, Director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.

Aging services and healthcare providers rely on client data to inform program and service delivery as well as to guide optimal individual service and treatment. However, from the federal to local levels, the identities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults are rarely included in population-level research studies, service intake forms or client notes. This lack of data collection across the spectrum of aging policy and programs means that providers often lack the information they need to better understand and serve LGBT elders—and if they want this information, they must collect it themselves.

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March 8, 2013

Helena Bushong: "I am a 60-Year-Old Trans Female Living with HIV" (Women's History Month Feature)

 

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March is Women’s History Month and in honor, the SAGE Blog will feature relevant LGBT aging stories every Friday. The first post of the series is a guest blog post by Helena Bushong, a 60-year-old trans woman who lives with HIV. This post originally appeared on the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging’s website.

 

My name is Helena and I am a 60-year-old transgender female living with HIV. I am not a victim. An HIV/AIDS diagnosis is NOT a death sentence, but is similar to living with breast cancer or diabetes, which through some lifestyle changes, are manageable diseases.

I was diagnosed with HIV and AIDS in 2002, and was told I would not live more than six months, and at best, a year. Along with my doctors, I believe that I was a "late tester," meaning because I was diagnosed with AIDS—a late stage infection—and not HIV, I likely contracted HIV 15 to 20 years before showing any sign or symptoms. Because people can carry HIV/AIDS asymptomatically, it is important to be tested on a regular basis to avoid a late test and spreading the disease.

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March 4, 2013

The SAGE Center Celebrates its First Anniversary

Charles O’Connell is currently an intern in Marketing and Communications at SAGE. He wrote this piece in honor of the one-year anniversary of the opening of The SAGE Center.

It’s hard to believe, but on March 1st, we celebrated the one year anniversary of the grand opening of The SAGE Center. The past year has definitely flown by; it’s been a whirlwind of activity for staff and participants alike. When we opened a year ago – as the nation's first full-time, innovative center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older people – we were pretty confident of our future success and are now pleased to report…we were right. Today we have more than 1000 registered participants and a full calendar of events related to arts and culture, fitness, food and nutrition, health and wellness, and lifelong education for LGBT elders.

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Richard Burnside & Charles Fatone have dinner at The SAGE Center between activities.
 

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February 28, 2013

The Struggle of Her Life: Finding the Strength to Recover from a Stroke

FrancesIn honor of Black History Month, the SAGE Blog featured a post on LGBT aging in the black community every Thursday during the month of February. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read the other posts. Women’s History Month begins next week and similarly, the SAGE Blog will feature a post on LGBT older women every Friday during the month of March. Today’s post is in honor of both Black History Month and Women’s History Month. 

Frances Gordon is a health fanatic, who prides herself on doing Zumba, lifting weights and eating well. And all at age 72!

But in 2012, Ms. Gordon began to overheat during a workout and had to be rushed to the emergency room. She was shocked to discover that she suffered a stroke (an element of cardiovascular disease).

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February 15, 2013

10 Things to Know About Heart Disease (Spanish & English)

February is American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is a major problem. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

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January 30, 2013

Easy Changes for a Healthier Sandwich

The following is a guest post from Visiting Nurse Services of New York (VNSNY). VNSNY has partnered with SAGE over the last few years to bring nurse services and health programming to both The SAGE Center and SAGE Harlem. SAGE is committed to the health and well-being of all LGBT older people and we strive to share important health information with our community. We thank VNSNY for an informative blog post around eating healthier.

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Is one of your New Year’s resolutions about eating better or losing weight? If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of renovating all of your favorite recipes, it might help to start small. Research shows that when it comes to a healthier lifestyle, small and gradual changes are easier for us to make and ones we’re more likely to stick with. Take your lunchtime sandwich—rather than reject it altogether,  try these tips to make your next one more healthful—but still delicious.

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January 17, 2013

VISIONS/Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired

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Did you know that January is Glaucoma Awareness Month? There are 2.7 million people in the U.S.  who have glaucoma, and that number will soar to 4.2 million by 2030. People age 60 and over are among those with the highest risk of developing glaucoma.

Vision loss and how to work with older adults with low vision was the topic of a SAGE staff training today given by Nancy Miller, Executive Director/CEO of VISIONS. We learned how to approach a person with a visual impairment and offer help, used a simple tool designed to simulate low vision to get an idea of what a person with a visual impairment might see, and even read a bit of Braille!

VISIONS runs one of two innovative senior centers in New York City focused on special populations (The SAGE Center is the other!), and SAGE and VISIONS share many of the same constituents. Overall, of people who report severe visual impairments, over 60% are age 65 and over. As  more people continue to visit The SAGE Center, it’s likely that we will see more people with visual impairments. Therefore, it's important for us to expand our relationships with organizations like VISIONS and for our staff to be trained for cultural competency in areas beyond LGBT aging. Oftentimes the issues faced by older people who are visually impaired are the same for LGBT older people. Many people with visual impairments are isolated, hesitant to get help, and low-income.

We at SAGE are proud to work in partnership with VISIONS.  If you are visually impaired, services are free at VISIONS! Check them out on Facebook and Twitter.