If you need a mood-boosting reminder of how much progress we’ve made around LGBT aging issues, check out PrideSource’s “What Am I Optimistic Abouse? LGBT Older Adult Needs Moving Forward,” at http://www.pridesource.com/guidearticle.html?article=57722
Southeastern Michigan’s Area Agency on Aging recently hired the nation’s second full-time LGBT aging specialist, and the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging sponsored a statewide LGBT aging needs assessment with more than 1,000 respondents. Michigan volunteer efforts include three weekly LGBT older adult social groups hosted at Affirmations; Gay Elders of Southeast Michigan (which hopes to become a new SAGE affiliate); the Detroit Elder Project at KICK, which grew out of the first-in-the-nation African-American LGBT Elder Summit; and the LGBT Older Adult Coalition, which has trained more than 164 aging care workers at 24 different agencies. This year will be the third annual LGBT Older Adult Summit.
For more information, check out:
Gay Elders of Southeast Michigan http://Facebook.com/gesemich
KICK’s African-American LGBT Elder Summit http://www.E-KICK.org
LGBT Older Adult Coalition http://www.LGBTolderadults.com