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Catherine Thurston

Chief Officer for Services

Catherine Thurston is the Chief Officer for Services at Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE), where she oversees the Care Management, National Projects and Social Enterprise and Innovative Senior Centers teams.  Since coming to SAGE, Catherine has overseen the launches of both the nation’s first federally-funded National Resource Center on LGBT Aging as well as creation and opening of the nation’s first full-time Senior Center for LGBT Older Adults, which has since expanded to five centers over New York City.

Ms. Thurston has worked in the fields of aging and mental health since 1998. Prior to joining SAGE in 2005, she was the Director of Alzheimer’s Programs at Cobble Hill Health Center in Brooklyn, a nationally recognized innovator in the field of dementia care.   The first decade of Ms. Thurston’s career was spent at one of the nation’s first geriatric mobile mental health programs, providing case management and psychotherapy to homebound frail older adults.

Catherine has been widely published in the areas of aging and dementia as well as LGBT Aging.  She is a member of the American Society on Aging’s LGBT Aging Issues Leadership Council and was recently appointed to the steering committee of the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging as well as being a member of AARP’s Caregiver Advisory Panel.

Ms. Thurston holds a Masters in Social Work degree from Hunter College School of Social Work.

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