Today the Administration on Aging unveiled new guidance to the aging services network about targeting LGBT elders for services under the Older Americans Act (OAA).
The 2006 OAA reauthorization encourages state units on aging and area agencies on aging to target services to those with the “greatest social need.” The new guidance, part of AoA’s Frequently Asked Questions, is available at http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/OAA/resources/Faqs.aspx#English under “Targeting.” It reads in full:
Q: Does “greatest social need” as defined in the Older Americans [Act] allow communities to target funds to populations they identify as experiencing cultural, social or geographic isolation other than isolation caused by racial or ethnic status?
A: While the definition of “greatest social need” in the Older Americans Act includes isolation caused by racial or ethnic status, the definition is not intended to exclude the targeting of populations that experience cultural, social or geographic isolation due to other factors. In some communities, such isolation may be caused by minority religious affiliation. In others, isolation due to sexual orientation or gender identity may restrict a person’s ability to perform normal daily tasks or live independently. Each planning and service area must assess their particular environment to determine those populations best targeted based on “greatest social need.”
The Administration on Aging (AoA) has rolled out a new set of tools designed to educate both gay and straight older adults about the risks of HIV/AIDS.
The Toolkit, Know the RISKS, Get the FACTS, is available at http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/HPW/HIV_AIDS/toolkit.aspx. Materials include:
While I am delighted to see the much-needed materials and the open inclusion of gay men, the suggestions about how often to get tested address only women and gay men (what’s the recommendation for straight men?) and ignore lesbians altogether. We’ve still got work to do.
If you can be in Miami on May 7, 2012, make sure you plan to go to the White House LGBT Conference on Aging, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Miami’s Clinical Research Building at 1120 NW 14th Street.
The conference will feature keynote remarks by Kathy Greenlee, the openly lesbian Assistant Secretary on Aging for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Raphael Bostic, the openly gay Assistant Secretary for Policy & Research Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“The White House LGBT Conference on Aging will provide advocates, community leaders, and members of the public an opportunity to engage with the Obama Administration on the health, housing, and security needs of aging members of the LGBT community. Participants will receive updates from senior officials from The White House and key agencies and departments, connect with Federal government resources and opportunities through workshop sessions, and provide valuable feedback through the “Open Space” process.”
To sign up (which includes places to say what specific issues or topics you would like to explore during the conference and what kinds of resources and information you’d like to access there), go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/white-house-lgbt-conference-aging
This week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced a reorganization that affects the Administration on Aging (AoA).
A new Administration on Community Living (ACL) has been created, bringing together into a single agency the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability, and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. “The Administration for Community Living will seek to enhance and improve the broad range of supports that individuals may need to live with respect and dignity as full members of their communities. These support needs go well beyond health care and include the availability of appropriate housing, employment, education, meaningful relationships and social participation.”
Kathy Greenlee, the openly lesbian Assistant Secretary for Aging, will assume an additional role as Administrator of the Administration for Community Living.
For more information on the new ACL, go to http://www.hhs.gov/acl/
It’s certainly not a topic of interest only to LGBT elders, but it does disproportionately affect the gay and bisexual men in our demographic: HIV/AIDS.
The Administration on Aging (AoA) is hosting an online seminar featuring five of our country’s top HIV and aging researchers and practitioners at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Online “spots” are limited, and preregistration is required. For more information and to sign up, go to http://www.aoa.gov/aoaroot/Press_Room/News/2012/2012_01_19.aspx AoA says they’ll make the webinar available for later viewing at http://www.aoa.gov
Last month the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Administration on Aging held an historic all-day summit on housing for LGBT elders.
This summit is now available for online streaming at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=%2Fpress%2Fmultimedia%2Fvideos It is broken into three segments, with my presentation on the housing-related issues facing transgender elders in the second segment.
This week I had the honor of speaking at yet another groundbreaking Obama Administration LGBT effort: an all-day, web-broadcast Summit on LGBT Senior Housing, held in the headquarters of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and co-sponsored by the Administration on Aging. Continue reading
Wednesday, December 7, 2011, FORGE’s Transgender Aging Network will be among those speaking at a groundbreaking LGBT Senior Housing Summit put together by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Administration on Aging.
The summit will be simulcast on the web from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/webcasts/schedule The agenda is available here: http://www.huduser.org/publications/pdf/LGBTEldersHousingSummitAgenda.pdf
During the webcast, audience questions can be sent via Twitter (#LGBThousing) or email (LBGTelderhousing [at] hud [dot] gov). The webinar should be archived for later retrieval.
It’s not as well-known as Medicare and Social Security, but the Older Americans Act (OAA) is nearly as important to older adults in the U.S.
The OAA – which will be reauthorized by Congress this year, which means now is the time that changes and improvements can be made – organizes and funds many of the public programs that support older adults. Meals programs, senior centers, long-term care ombudsmen, caregiver support, employment programs, health promotion programs, in-home care, and much, much more come under the OAA umbrella. Structurally, the OAA funds the U.S. Administration on Aging, which funds the State Units on Aging, which fund the local Area Agencies on Aging, which provide or contract for the wide array of community-based services older adults use. Continue reading