It has nothing to do with aging or LGBT issues, but a new website can give you quick, easy tips on how to get more out of your computer use.
www.TeachParentsTech.org is a website created by a group of 20-somethings who work at Google, and provides 30 to 90 second videos that can teach you things from “How to know if an email is real” to “How to check the weather.” I reviewed a half-dozen videos, and in less than 10 minutes learned several tricks I’ll be using on a daily basis. Only one video went too fast for me, although when each video is done, it automatically provides you a “view again” button that might help you get the things you missed the first time. The presentation format is very simple: one person against a solid color background, plus screen shots that show you what to do as the narrator explains the steps.
Some of the videos you might want to check out: How to get public transportation directions; How to resize a picture or crop photos; How to find a pizza restaurant near you, and How to get live traffic updates. (By the way, if you want a laugh, check out “How to Create a FAT32 Hard Drive Partition.”)
FORGE Transgender Aging Network has produced a new, 2-page Tips for Caregivers of Transgender People. You can download a copy at http://www.forge-forward.org/docs/caregiver_quicktips.pdf
Get out your tissues before you watch this YouTube video. It shows Derence and Ed, who have been together 40 years. Ed has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and seems to be rapidly losing his memory. In this 2-minute video, the two discuss why they want the law changed to allow them to marry, soon enough so that Ed can “remember the service and our commitments.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8nTy0e8mj4&feature=youtu.be
Sometimes the discrimination and pain LGBT older people go through can end up making positive changes.
That is what’s happening in Sonoma County, California. In a case that began in 2008, Sonoma County Adult Protective Services (APS) opened a case concerning Clay Greene and his partner Harold Scull. Believing that Scull had fallen during an argument with Greene, officials separated the two men and began a series of actions that concluded, after Scull’s death, in a lawsuit that, among other things, charged officials with homophobia. (For more details on the case, see “Homophobia or Expedience? Sonoma County Goes on Trial” (see http://www.forge-forward.org/docs/Sonoma-case-VED-article.pdf.) Greene settled the case last July.
This month, the Sonoma County Division of Adult & Aging Services held a staff in-service training that included showing the film “Gen Silent,” about LGBT elders. This award-winning film was released last summer and highlights “the unique mix of isolation and fear facing many gay seniors.” For more on the Sonoma County showing, see the blog post by Stu Maddux, the film’s director and editor (http://stumaddux.blogspot.com/2011/02/agency-that-separated-elderly-gay.html). For more information on Gen Silent, see its Facebook page or go to http://gensilent.com.
Did you know that more than one-third of adults age 65 and older will fall at least once per year? Falls are a leading cause of injury and even death in older adults, but they are by no means inevitable.
While falls are no more likely for LGBT older adults than non-LGBT people, sometimes we need reminding about things that affect everyone. With that in mind, SAGE has produced a new fact sheet, “Ten Things Every LGBT Older Adult Should Know About Falls Prevention.” You can find it here: http://www.sageusa.org/uploads/SageInsert_FallsPrevention_web.pdf
What does an 81-year-old lesbian widow have to do with President Obama? Her lawsuit to try to recover $353,053 that the federal government took from her in estate taxes when her spouse died was cited as one of the reasons the Obama Administration announced on February 23 that it will not continue defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) from charges of unconstitutionality.
Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer first met in 1963. Their love story is breathtakingly portrayed in the video “Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement,” (available at http://www.breakingglasspictures.com/index.php?option=com_jmovies&Itemid=2&task=detail&id=73). The film follows them for several years near the end of Thea’s life, and includes footage of their Canadian wedding in 2007, when they were 77 and 75.