THE LGBT AGING PROJECT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               February 11, 2010


CONTACT INFORMATION:        Lisa Krinsky

                                                    LGBT Aging Project

                                                    555 Amory Street

                                                    Boston MA 02130

                                                    617.477.6607

                                                    www.lgbtagingproject.org


                                       

The White House announced the award of the first-ever, federally funded, national resource center devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging issues, awarding a 3-year  $900,000 contract to a coalition that includes The LGBT Aging Project.


The LGBT Aging Project is one of ten organizational partners that will assist lead agency Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the country’s oldest and largest agency devoted to serving LGBT elders, in carrying out the duties of the U.S. Administration on Aging’s new Technical Assistance Resource Center: Promoting Appropriate Long Term Care Supports for LGBT Elders (Resource Center).


The LGBT Aging Project will contribute its expertise in LGBT cultural competency training for mainstream aging services as well with LGBT caregiving to the Resource Center training and technical assistance materials.  The Aging Project’s Director, Lisa Krinsky will also serve as part of the core training staff that will be deployed throughout the country.


The Resource Center has three mandates:

    * Educate mainstream aging services organizations about the existence and special needs of LGBT elders;

    * Sensitize LGBT organizations about the existence and special needs of older adults; and

    * Educate LGBT individuals about the importance of planning ahead for future long-term care needs.


The Resource Center will achieve these goals by developing: 

a comprehensive, interactive, web-based clearinghouse with resources useful to all three audiences;

a train-the-trainer curriculum and national LGBT aging training corps; in-person trainings and webinars;

best practice publications; consumer educational materials and campaigns;

a listserv to provide professionals ongoing technical assistance and support;

dedicated phone and email technical assistance portals; and a range of social media vehicles to entice users to remain in contact with the Resource Center and grow along with it. 


The Resource Center will also devote special outreach and attention to low-income, rural, transgender, limited English-speaking LGBT elders and LGBT elders of color.


In addition to The LGBT Aging Project and SAGE, the organizational partners in the new Resource Center are:


  * Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity at Hunter College of the City University of New York;

    * Centerlink, a national association of LGBT community centers;

    * Griot Circle, the nation’s largest organization serving LGBT elders of color;

    * Openhouse, a San Francisco agency with particular expertise in LGBT elder housing;

    * PHI, a national organization addressing the needs of direct-care workers;

    * The American Society on Aging, a national association of aging professionals;

    * The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, representing local government agencies that oversee all

   programs funded under the Older Americans Act; and

    * The National Institute on Senior Centers of the National Council on Aging.

    *The Transgender Aging Network, a national resource for transgender aging.


“We are delighted to be part of this groundbreaking collaboration” said Lisa Krinsky, Director of the LGBT Aging Project.  “We are so pleased that the Administration on Aging has recognized LGBT older adults and caregivers. We look forward to working with our colleagues across the country to create this first ever national Resource Center for LGBT elders. “ 

 

The LGBT Aging Project is the only organization in New England dedicated to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trangender elders have equal access to the life prolonging benefits, protections, services and institutions that their heterosexual neighbors take for granted, so that LGBT elders and caregivers can grow old with the dignity, respect and quality of life they deserve. Founded in 2001, the Aging Project focuses on three areas: education and LGBT cultural competency for mainstream elder care providers; advocacy and public policy on state and national levels; outreach and community building with LGBT elders and caregivers themselves.


source: LGBT Aging Project

 

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