Day 2: SAGE at AIA

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SAGE staffers at the American Society on Aging’s 2015 Aging in America Conference will be reporting back to us all week with their views on the conference, panels they are participating in, innovative strides in the field of aging, ideas they are taking back to work and more! Check back daily for their insights.

TJohnston1As the Manager of Education and Training for SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging I’m lucky to work with an incredible group of Certified Trainers located all across the country. Because our trainers live from southern California all the way to Maine, the ASA conference is an opportunity for us to meet in person and share our successes and upcoming goals for the next year. These informal conversations allow us to swap training stories, share strategies to improve our trainings, and discuss upcoming training needs.

Our trainers are also leading a number of workshops at the conference. Loree Cook-Daniels is part of a session called Changing in the Blink of an Eye: Public Policy Affecting Transgender Elders Deborah, Deborah Terry-Hays is discussing Micro-Aggressions, and I’ll be presenting with Doug Carl on Improving LGBT Inclusiveness Through Aging Service Providers, just to name a few!

If you see one of us around the conference, please come and say hello. We’d love to tell you more about our suite of trainings and hear how your organizations are working to help LGBT older adults.

SerenaHere’s a shopping tip from a local. There is a fantastic grocery store tucked away near the conference hotel—the Hyatt Regency Chicago—called Mariano’s. They have great quick serve, a gelato/coffee bar, a robust gluten-free section and competitive prices (especially for the neighborhood). An interesting amenity is that you can select any item in the store and they’ll grill if for you for free. Grab me a latte when you’re there! You can track me down via Twitter with my handle @SerenaWorthy. I’m also sharing my map of “Fun and Cheap Things to Do Next to the Conference Hotel.” Check it out and let me know what you think via Twitter!