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LGBT Aging Project

LGBT Aging Commission Report Advocates Policy Reforms For LGBT Seniors

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A new report from the Special Legislative Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Aging recommends a set of large-scale reforms that will improve the lives of Massachusetts’ LGBT senior citizens. The report was released at a State House briefing Thursday, September 17. Speakers in attendance included Senator Pat Jehlen and Representative James O’Day, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs. “We have long known that LGBT older adults face unique challenges as they age. Few of them have the family connections such as partners or spouses; children; and extended family who can provide the care that much of 
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Need For LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Focus Of City Hall Public Hearing

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In the first of what LGBT elder advocates hope will be many public hearings, the LGBT Aging Project joined Boston City Council members, city officials, and Boston residents on May 7 at City Hall to discuss the need for affordable LGBT senior housing. Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, Chair of Boston City Council’s Human Rights and Civil Rights Committee, oversaw the proceedings, which included testimony from LGBT seniors who have struggled to find safe, affordable, and LGBT-friendly housing options in Boston. LGBT Aging Project Director Lisa Krinsky and Assistant Director Bob Linscott took to the microphone to emphasize why affirming 
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LGBT Elders in an Ever Changing World Conference To Explore Challenges Of LGBT Seniors, Caregivers

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Fenway Health’s LGBT Aging Project is excited to co-sponsor the LGBT Elders in an Ever Changing World 4th Annual Conference on March 20. This interdisciplinary practice and policy conference will be focused around the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults and caregivers. Robert Espinoza, Vice President of Policy at Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute and a member of the Diverse Elders Coalition, will deliver the keynote address. Over 20 difference workshops will be featured throughout the day, covering important topics, including Intro to LGBT Aging, Intro to Elder Services, Policy and Practice sessions. The conference will also include a 
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Journey Into The Afternoon: Aging With Dignity

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The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected. – Robert Frost Perhaps to our dismay, we are not Peter Pan. The truth is we are all getting older. Yet, even if we can accept that simple fact, we become salmon swimming upstream against a current of anti-aging potions and a society that idolizes youth. There are so many mixed messages in the media around aging, which are only magnified in the gay community. But here is one fact that is indisputable. Aging itself is challenging, but the more we know the landscape ahead of us the better the overall experience 
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Healthy living for older adults with HIV

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By Carl Sciortino and Lisa Krinsky, LICSW There are three types of older people living with HIV: people who have been living with the virus for many years; older people who are just learning their status; and those newly infected with HIV. In other words, older people living with HIV are, for the most part, no different than those who are younger. That said, there are concerns that older people living with HIV or at risk of getting infected need to be mindful of. This Thursday, September 18, is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, which aims to raise awareness 
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