Tim R. Johnston, Ph.D., senior director of national projects for LGBT elder advocacy organization SAGE, spent a year and a half working on his new book, “Welcoming LGBT Residents: A Practical Guide for Senior Living Staff.” He recently answered some questions for me about the book and its subject matter as well as his work at SAGE.
Q: What prompted you to write a book on this topic? And why now?
A: During my time at SAGE, I’ve conducted hundreds of SAGECare LGBT cultural competency trainings all around the country. I have experience working with a wide variety of providers from different geographic, political and religious backgrounds.
My goal was to take that experience and write a book that recognizes everyone has a different level of familiarity with the topic of LGBT inclusion, and is a friendly and accessible resource for anyone working in a senior living community. There are a lot of great resources out there, and I thought a concise guide that is easy to reference would be another useful tool for administrators and other senior living staff.