National group's work for older LGBT adults to be focus of upcoming event
By Crystal Proxmire
Tax explained the three primary goals SAGE has in regard to the Older Americans Act.
The first is to have older LGBT adults listed as group of greatest economic and social needs, like other demographic groups are. "Funds come from the federal government and are funneled through Area Agencies on Aging. We want to make sure when folks receive this money that they reach out to the LGBT community and work with LGBT groups," Tax said.
"Many LGBT adults are afraid to engage with the programs. This will say you have to make efforts to reach out to LGBT community. They have to know what is available and they have to be able to access these services." Tax said there are 600 areas on aging, 20,000 service providers spread throughout the country. "This little change of the law will have a big impact," he said.
The second change to the Older Americans Act would be to require funding for data collection of LGBTs as a group. "Data drives funding," he said. "Plus how can you know if you are meeting the needs of a community if you don't ask them?"
The third is to renew funding for the National Resource Center for LGBT Aging, which is a critical piece of SAGE outreach. The Center is run with collaborations with a dozen partner organizations and gives them a hub to provide information to three key target audiences: LGBT Older Adults, Aging Networks that serve all senior citizens, and to share information with the LGBT community about the needs of their eldest members.
Tax is the keynote speaker for the Planning For The Future event. Other workshops will share information about health and wellness, managing health care, protecting finances, employment and volunteer opportunities and older adult/youth networking. The event is free and includes continental breakfast and lunch.
Planning For The Future takes place June 23 at The Michigan State University Detroit Campus located at 3408 Woodward Avenue just south of Mack Avenue in Detroit. The facility is completely wheelchair accessible with ample free parking adjacent to the building.
The event is brought to you by a collaboration of LGBT and aging service organizations in the Metro Detroit Region, including: ACLU, Adult Wellbeing Services, Affirmations, Area Agency on Aging 1-B, KICK, Citizens for Better Care, The Jim Toy Community Center, Oakland Family Services, and The Village of Redford. This event is made possible by a grant from the HOPE Fund
For more information or to register: Call Affirmations: 248-398-7105 Visit http://www.LGBTolderadults.com.
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