The LGBT Elder Initiative’s programming seeks to educate LGBT older adults about issues related to growing older. Programs help to connect LGBT elders and their caregivers with the resources that will help them to form the social, emotional, financial and medical support structures needed to age successfully.
Conversations are free educational community forums designed to provide information and resources for LGBT older adult communities. Each Conversation focuses on a specific topic and features speakers and panelists who facilitate discussions, share information and direct consumers to appropriate resources available to them in the community.
The HIV & Aging series focuses on educating older adults living with HIV on issues related to their health and well-being. A Community Advisory Committee of LGBT elders living with HIV helps to develop the curricula for this series.
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We all know that HIV is now a manageable chronic illness and adhering to our medications and staying in care is the first step to a healthy and fulfilling future. But to truly thrive with HIV, we must also care for our social, emotional, financial, spiritual, and personal wellness. THRIVERS is a monthly discussion group for people impacted by HIV that relies on the personal expertise within our communities to help one another get the most out of life and…
Changes in vision and hearing are common as a person ages. More than a third of people over the age of 65 have experienced hearing loss. Age-related hearing loss typically occurs gradually, meaning a person may not even realize they’ve lost some of their ability to hear. Vision changes can occur gradually as well as our eyes undergo natural changes, but there are also more serious eye conditions affecting older adults including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. Hearing or vision…
“Aging Safely: Preventing Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation” was presented on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at the William Way Community Center as part of the LGBTEI’s Conversations series of educational forums. The presenters at the program were: Joe Snyder, Director...read more
Balancing Dollars & $en$e was presented on Friday, April 15th, 2016 at Center in the Park. The event was sponsored by Center in the Park, Mt. Airy USA, and the LGBT Elder Initiative, along with community partner Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Philadelphia...read more
“Healthy Mind, Healthy Body” was presented on April 11th, 2016 at the Office of HIV Planning as part of the LGBT Elder Initiative’s HIV & Aging series. This program was the third program in the LGBT Elder Initiative’s new five-part series on aging with HIV....read more
“HIV & Aging: Let’s Talk About Sex” was presented on Saturday, March 19th, 2016 at Temple University – Center City as part of the LGBT Elder Initiative’s series of HIV & Aging Updates. Program attendees were able to learn about many of the issues surrounding...read more
“Emotional Wellness: Overcoming Isolation & Making Connections” was held on Saturday, October 3rd at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. A total of 38 community members attended the Conversation and learned about ways to overcome...read more
On Saturday, May 23, 2015, “Still Here: Defiant Aging with HIV,” a unique and powerful LGBTEI Conversation combining art, storytelling and community building, was held at the John C. Anderson Apartments in Philadelphia, PA. Artists, activists, and community members...read more
How do we navigate sex as we age? How do common health issues and medications affect sexual desire? How can you use nutrition and exercise to improve sexual wellness? How do you keep sex hot, whether you’re partnered or single? These are some of the questions...read more
Everyone experiences physical and emotional loss at some point in life, whether the loss of a loved one or of some aspect of one’s own physical or mental health. These difficult experiences can present special challenges to LGBT older adults because of unique family,...read more
Based on U.S. Census estimates and recent surveys by the Williams Institute and Gallup, there are approximately 27,000 LGBT people over 65 living in the Delaware Valley. As the Boomer generation matures, that number is expected to jump to over 55,000 by 2030. LGBT...read more
It is estimated that by 2015, over 50% of the people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. will be over the age of 50. These individuals, whether newly infected or long-term survivors, face unique health risks and co-morbid conditions including cardiovascular disease,...read more