LGBT seniors

Marking National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Aging, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
This past Sunday was National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day and The Fenway Institute’s Sean Cahill, PhD, who co-authored the policy brief “Strategies to Improve the Health of Older Adults Living With HIV,” wrote a piece for WBUR’s Cognoscenti to mark the occasion: The Museum of Modern Art recently hosted a special 25th anniversary screening of the film “Madonna: Truth or Dare,” which documented Madge’s 1990 blockbuster Blond Ambition World Tour. The film was a sensation not just because it peeked into the rarefied world of a global superstar — long before social media and reality TV made such voyeurism 
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Shirley Royster: AIDS Activist and Survivor

By | AIDS Action Committee, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Aging, Living with HIV/AIDS | One Comment
In 1986, Shirley Royster, then 39-years-old, learned that she had been exposed to the virus that caused AIDS. The news wasn’t a complete surprise to her; she had spent a number of years on the streets struggling with drug addiction. When she learned that her former girlfriend, a woman she shared needles with regularly, had died from AIDS, Shirley knew she needed to get tested. In the early days of the disease, the response was the same everywhere Shirley went; the only information she was given was ‘get your affairs in order.’ Royster heeded that advice and made arrangements for 
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Improving The Health Of Older Adults Living With HIV

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More than three decades after the onslaught of the AIDS crisis, many long-term survivors are now middle-aged or older adults. Due in large part to improvements in treatment and care, half of people living with HIV in the United States today are age 50 and over. The fact that HIV-positive people can now expect to live long, full lives is wonderful, but with longer life comes the challenges of aging. The National Center for Innovation in HIV Care, a project of The Fenway Institute, has released Strategies to Improve the Health of Older Adults Living With HIV, a brief exploring 
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Massachusetts Commission On LGBT Aging Works To Support Our Seniors

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Getting older can be a difficult experience for anyone. For LGBT seniors, the health and financial challenges faced by the average person are often compounded by other hurdles: a shrinking support network, estrangement from family, and fear of being mistreated by prejudiced healthcare providers or social workers. All too often, our elders are left to fend for themselves. In an effort to support this vulnerable population, The Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Aging was created as the first statewide commission in the country focused on meeting the unique needs of LGBT senior citizens. Founded in 2013, the Commission is made up 
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Key to Healthy Aging? Noshing and Chatting With Friends

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Today marks the first Blogging for LGBT Elders Day and we couldn’t be happier to participate. While societal acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people has rapidly accelerated in recent years, a lifetime of discrimination, harassment, and rejection takes a toll on a person. If you talk with just about any LGBT person over age 60, you’ll hear stories about how they or their friends were fired from jobs, physically attacked, shunned by parents, condemned by their faith organizations, committed to psychiatric hospitals, or denied assistance from government agencies and other organizations. Perhaps the most important thing we 
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