Monthly Archives: March 2012

March 28 – 30, 2012

American Society on Aging’s annual conference: Aging in America

Washington, DC

Find GPP’s Loree Cook-Daniels presenting at the following three workshops:

1.  The Health Report: Resilience and Disparities Among LGBT Older Adults and Caregivers

Friday March 30, 2012: 8:00 AM  – 9:30 AM

Description
This session will provide critical knowledge on health and aging of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults and caregivers. Based on the first ever national project funded by NIH/NIA, findings reveal resilience and health disparities in LGBT communities. Strategies for developing services and policies to address the health and aging needs for LGBT elders will be presented.

Objectives
1. Differentiate health and wellness issues impacting specific subgroups in LGBT communities.
2. Identity key competencies addressing the service needs of LGBT older adults and caregivers.
3. Develop skills to effectively advocate for public policies to meet the health needs of LGBT older adults

Outcomes
Among LGBT older adults, nearly half are disabled and almost one-third report depression. More than two-thirds have experienced verbal insults and 40% physical violence, which are important risk factors impacting health. Among transgender older adults, 22% needed to see a doctor but did not due to cost. The majority reported feeling good about belonging to their communities, and three-quarters had social support available. Two-thirds reported the need for senior housing, social events and transportation to meet their aging needs. The project successfully details the health and wellness of older adults by sexual orientation, gender identity, age, income, race, ethnicity and geographic location. Based on these findings public policy recommendations and strategies are outlined to effectively reach hidden populations.

Presenter(s)
Loree Cook-Daniels, MS, FORGE Transgender Aging Network
Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD, University of Washington School of Social Work
Lisa Krinsky, LICSW, LGBT Aging Project

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2. Navigating Sex-Segregated Services for Transgender and Non-Transgender Elders

Friday March 30, 2012: 11:30 AM  – 12:30 PM

Description
This workshop will help participants think through the options they can offer their clients–transgender and non-transgender–when faced with sex- or gender-segregated services. The workshop will include experiential exercises, a decision tree/flow-chart, and a schema that outlines response options ranging from creative adaptations to make existing services fit to wholesale dismantlement of gender-based service systems.

Objectives
1. Participants will be able to list at least three reasons sex-segregated services exist.
2. Participants will be able to discuss some of the responses people may have when they’re asked to fit into 1 of 2 boxes, neither of which fit.
3. Participants will be able to name some of the philosophical approaches agency personnel may display toward clients who are different from their usual clients.
4. Participants will be able to use a (provided) flow chart to help think through a client’s service options.
5. Participants will be able to articulate some of the barriers transgender older adults might face in accessing services.
6. Participants will be able to name at least 3 alternative ways to meet an elder’s needs when he or she isn’t eligible for a service due to sex or gender.

Outcomes
Transgender elders aren’t the only ones stymied by sex-segregated services. There are few support groups for older battered men, for instance, and homeless older women have fewer options than homeless men. However, transgender people daily face barriers to services divided by sex and/or gender, for things from public toilets to some religious services. Those who provide elders referrals need to understand what the options are when the needed service is limited to one sex and/or gender. This workshop was developed by service provider/trainers who are very experienced with sex- or gender-segregated services, and coming up with options that can still meet clients’ needs. A very popular workshop for professionals who work with transgender people (and hence face these problems daily), this workshop may be particularly useful for aging service providers who only occasionally have to confront what to do when an older client is not the “right” sex or gender for a needed service.

Presenter(s)
Loree Cook-Daniels, MS, FORGE Transgender Aging Network
Michael Munson, BA, FORGE

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3. Transgender Aging: Results of the Latest Studies

Friday March 30, 2012: 2:30 PM  – 3:30 PM

Description
This workshop will review key results from transgender older participants in at least four national studies. Besides sharing key results, the researcher-panelists will discuss sampling limitations and the implications of how the questions are written. Panelists will also discuss advocacy efforts to include gender identity questions on national population-based studies. Emphasis will be placed on the data’s implications for services to transgender older adults and their families and caregivers.

Objectives
1. Participants will be able to list at least three sources of data on transgender older adults.
2. Participants will be able to discuss at least three study findings and what their implications are for providing services to transgender elders.
3. Participants will know something about the status of various federal agencies’ efforts concerning collecting data on transgender and lesbian, gay, and bisexual elders.
4. Participants will learn how transgender elders tend to respond to various questions about their gender identity, expression, or history, enabling them to design more accurate data-gathering efforts.

Outcomes
Would it be helpful to know that more than 50% of the older adults you serve are military veterans? Or sexual assault survivors? That’s the kind of data we finally have on transgender older adults. Would you guess that more than a third of these older adults identify as gay or lesbian? What are we to make of the finding that more than half of transgender older adults say their sexual orientation has changed? Or that 10% identify as asexual? Would you be surprised to learn that transgender older adults are much less likely to experience discriminatory treatment than younger peers? How do we account for that finding? These are the kinds of data and questions we will present in this workshop, giving participants the best available picture of this little-discussed subpopulation. The four studies we’ll cover (as of the submission of this workshop abstract) are: the National Transgender Discrimination Study, Caring and Aging with Pride, and the FORGE sexuality and sexual violence surveys.

Presenter(s)
Loree Cook-Daniels, MS, FORGE Transgender Aging Network
Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD, University of Washington School of Social Work
Harper Jean Tobin, MSSA, JD, National Center for Transgender Equality