Diversity & Inclusion in Senior Living: Understanding LGBT Older Adults
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) older adults are not comfortable with letting others know about their sexual orientation or gender identity. This two-part series examines how this affects those who are especially vulnerable--including those of advanced age, those living in poverty, people of color, and older adults living in rural areas.
This webinar, with Mindy Cheek, first vice president at Greystone Communities, examines the complex issues surrounding how LGBT older adults have created ways to keep themselves safe over the years and how those accommodations impact their access to health care and social services.
Mindy sits on the Housing Committee for the Coalition on Aging for LGBTQ Seniors and is a Volunteer Education Ambassador for SAGE, the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older adults.
Participants will learn the following:
- Increase Awareness and Empathy
- Even though greater protections exist for LGBT people today, many LGBT older adults still fear they will be denied services or be mistreated by their peers and service providers if they disclose that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender.
- Ways to make communities welcome for all
- While many LGBT older adults have avoided certain situations and/or surrounded themselves with people they know are accepting, they still need health and social services. It is up to providers to help LGBT older adults feel comfortable at their organizations while providing these services.
- There are many ways to create positive experiences for all people in your community.
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