6 posts categorized "National Resource Center on LGBT Aging"

April 28, 2014

NRC Offers Two NEW Trainings this Spring!

TimToday's post is written by Tim Johnston, SAGE's Manager of Education and Training for the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.

SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is pleased to announce the launch of two new webinars, Embracing LGBT Older Adults of Color and Transgender Aging: What Service Providers Need (and Don't Need!) to Know.

A webinar is a presentation and discussion that takes place over the internet. Participants can interact with the presenter through polls, Q&A, and video or audio connections. Webinars are a great way to reach people working in remote or rural communities, as well people with jobs or hours that make it difficult to attend in-person trainings.

Why are we focusing on LGBT older adults of color and transgender older adults?

First, we want to draw attention to the fact that while the LGBT population is just as diverse as the non-LGBT population, the needs of LGBT older adults of color are often under addressed by both LGBT and aging network organizations. The webinar begins with video interviews to help participants understand the experience of LBGT older adults of color. Next, we learn about pioneering LGBT people of color in order to question our own prejudices and misconceptions around race and ethnicity. Finally, we discuss ways to create organizations that welcome and include LGBT older adults of color.

Second, many people may know or work with lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, but have much less experience working with transgender older adults. Transgender Aging: What Service Providers Need (and Don't Need!) to Know introduces participants to the basics of the transgender experience, with a focus on how to provide respectful and affirming care for transgender older adults. Some of the topics include what it means to transition, how to ask about transgender status in an appropriate and respectful way, and a set of best practices for working with transgender older adults.

These two webinars join our highly successful Introduction to LGBT Aging. Launched in January 2014, Introduction of LGBT Aging has already reached service providers in 12 states. It is our hope that these easily accessible and highly engaging online presentations will continue to educate people across the country.

For more information, or to schedule a live webinar, please contact Tim R. Johnston, Manager of Education and Training at 212-741-2247 or tjohnston@sageusa.org.

April 16, 2014

National Health Care Decisions Day

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If you became unable to speak for yourself, how would medical decisions be made for you? We'll consider that question and others on April 16th, the 7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), a nationwide event promoting the importance of healthcare choices and advance directives. The LGBT community is especially vulnerable in this regard, since many hospitals restrict visitation rights to narrow interpretations of family. This day is a reminder for us all to take steps to ensure that we make our wishes clear about who may visit us and make medical decisions on our behalf in times of crisis.

  • If you don't have advance directives in place, learn how to obtain them here.
  • If you live in New York, please attend our NHDD event on April 29th. A volunteer legal team will be on hand to help navigate advance directive forms. Find out more information here.
  • For more information on the importance of advance directives and other legal documents, visit the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging's resource page.

Watch a video from NHDD explaining advance directives below.

NHDD Speak Up Video from NHDD on Vimeo.

April 15, 2014

LGBT Older Adult Housing – A Critical Need

Today's post is from Hilary Meyer, SAGE's Director of National Programs and Director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.

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LGBT older adults deserve secure, stable and affordable housing, yet often face harassment and intimidation in their homes and in long-term care settings from aging professionals and other residents. This means that many people live in physically and emotionally unhealthy environments that compromise the quality of their lives.

SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (NRC) is running a social media campaign this week to draw attention to this critical issue. Whether you are an older adults yourself, an aging provider looking for more information or an LGBT organization looking for more information on housing needs, we have you covered with webinars, articles, educational videos, publications and more!

A few highlights from our website include:

Safe, inclusive and affordable housing is a key to aging successfully and happily. We urge LGBT people and their allies to education themselves on all aspects of this important topic.

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 5, 2014

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging a Top Nominee for the Annual CLASSY Awards

NRC_LBGT_Aging_4cBreaking news! SAGE's National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (NRC) has been chosen as one of the Top 5 Nominees in LGBTQ rights for the Annual CLASSY Awards.  The Annual CLASSY Awards (The CLASSY's) are the largest social impact awards ceremony in the United States, highlighting the greatest champions of social progress. The CLASSY's nominees represent an elite pool of high impact organizations that are driving measurable social change around the world. They are selected through an intensive evaluation process and the winners are announced on May 3. Read more about all the nominees here and read what they have to say about SAGE.

"I am thrilled that the NRC is being recognized as a finalist nominee in the Annual CLASSY Awards," said Hilary Meyer, Director of National Programs at SAGE and head of the NRC. "We have always been proud of the strength of our program and being in this class of competition illustrates how far we've come in just four years."

SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training for service providers on how to provide culturally competent care to LGBT older adults; creates and synthesizes hundreds of articles, publications and multimedia pieces on its dynamic website; and provides technical assistance on issues related to LGBT aging. Since its inception in 2010, the Center has served thousands of providers, LGBT people and caregivers, been cited in numerous news outlets from NPR to the New York Times, and continues to show quantifiable results in changing the landscape of LGBT aging.

January 15, 2014

New Year, New Look, New Resources!

HilaryToday's blog post is written by SAGE's Director of National Programs, Hilary Meyer.

SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides trainingtechnical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by SAGE, in collaboration with 18 leading organizations from around the country.

Today, SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging proudly announces our newly redesigned website! Take some time to look around at these brand new features and programs!

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  • Volunteer Education Ambassador program - a chance for YOU to become directly involved! The pogram provides volunteers with a set of resources to educate your own communities about LGBT aging issues. Learn more about our new program! 
  • Many brand new training offers – we have developed a suite of in-person and online trainings appropriate for all levels of staff and volunteers, to assist you in learning the best ways to create an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment for your LGBT older adult population. Check out all of our training options today!
  • A Trained Agencies index – this provides you with a searchable database of agencies who have received National Resource Center certified training. Take a look here!
  • A fully revamped website – we listened to your suggestions on ways to make the website more user-friendly and ways to find information easier. We have also added many new sections including:

Alzheimer's/dementia
-end of life decisions
-racial equity and
-more!

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