SAGE Launches National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to Improve Supports for LGBT Older Adults
Historic new center will ensure that aging providers around the country are equipped to meet the needs of LGBT older adults.
"The launch of our National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is an enormous step forward for our aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. It speaks to the necessary attention that service providers of all types must place on supporting diverse older adults around the country," said Michael Adams, executive director at SAGE.
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging will connect aging providers and LGBT organizations around the country with technical assistance, training and key resources to support LGBT older adults.
Central to the Resource Center is the unveiling of its web site, which over time will grow into a highly interactive, multimedia site that will equip LGBT older adults and their loved ones with information on legal issues, caregiving, lifelong planning and housing, among other areas.
"LGBT older adults have several unique health care, legal and financial details to take into account when planning for retirement and beyond. By providing critical information and tools for LGBT elders and the organizations that care for them, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging will ensure that they can age with the dignity and respect they deserve," said Hilary Meyer, director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.
In February 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a grant to SAGE—and its 10 national partners—to establish the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.
"The U.S. Administration on Aging is proud to have played a part in the creation of a resource center designed to engage, empower and support mainstream aging providers, LGBT service providers and LGBT older adults. It will help ensure that LGBT elders have the supports they need to successfully age in place," said Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
SAGE's 10 organizational partners on the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging include: the American Society on Aging; the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity, Hunter College; CenterLink (the national association of LGBT community centers); FORGE Transgender Aging Network; GRIOT Circle; The LGBT Aging Project; the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a); the National Institute of Senior Centers (National Council on Aging); Openhouse and PHI (a national training expert).
To learn more about the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, please visit www.lgbtagingcenter.org.
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at sageusa.org.