Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LGBT Elder Initiative Volunteer Orientation

Interested in volunteering with the LGBT Elder Initiative? 

We will be hosting our first-ever Volunteer Orientation on Monday, March 9th at 5:00 p.m. at the United Way (1709 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy). This orientation will be an opportunity to learn more about the LGBT Elder Initiative and to discuss ways to get involved with the organization. We have many exciting programs and events coming up over the next couple of months and lots of opportunities to volunteer! 

All attendees will be invited to attend our Program Committee meeting immediately following the Volunteer Orientation, where we will be discussing our spring programming agenda and ways to participate in our upcoming programs.

Please RSVP using the form below if you are interested in joining us!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

40+ LGBT and Ally SAGEWorks Career Fair

Are you ready for a new career?
Join us for the 40+ LGBT and Ally
SAGEWorks Career Fair
March 12 at the William Way Community Center!
This free event is open to the public and offers workshops that provide valuable insight, along with  the opportunity to connect with recruiters and representatives from more than 20 local employers.

WHEN:  Thursday, March 12, 2015, 12:00pm–3:00pm (doors open 11:00am)
WHERE: William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
12:30 p.m.
Relax into Work: 
Reducing Stress to Be at Your Best
Bob Pileggi, Jefferson University, Mindfulness Institute
Stress reduction techniques for challenging work situations, Mindful communication suggestions for interviews and interaction with co-workers. Mindful techniques for increasing your long-term well being.
1:00 p.m. 
U.S. Department of Labor –  Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Workshop
Kara L. Markley, Regional Economist, Mid-Atlantic Office
This workshop will provide valuable data and research tools including a look at the labor market in Philadelphia, ‘hot jobs’, and instruction on use of the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook.  
2:00 p.m.
LinkedIn Workshop
Ryan Paczkowski, Wells Fargo
Ryan, a leading recruiter from Wells Fargo, will explore varying LinkedIn profiles and cover strategies to make your profile more pronounced and marketable. LinkedIn is a professional networking site. If you are looking for work, come to this workshop to get “LinkedIn”.      

Registration for the Career Fair is required.
To Register visit Scroll to the bottom of the page to Basic Registration Form and click Register

While you’re at the Career Fair, stop by the SAGEWorks Boot Camp table to see if you qualify for our upcoming 
SAGEWorks Boot Camp — two weeks of intensive sessions to provide skills that will lead to job placement.
SAGEWorks is generously supported by the Walmart Foundation.
Participating employers include:
New York Life 
Blue Cross
Campbell Soup
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Philadelphia Electric Company PECO
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
TD Bank
Wells Fargo
Bank of America
      University of Pennsylvania
      Mazzoni Center (LGBT Health Center)
      Jefferson University Hospital
      Group Dynamics
      Staffing Plus
      Delta T
      Career Link
      Robert Half
      Robert Half Technologies
      Veterans Multi-Service Center

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Submit your comments to the White House Conference on Aging

The White House Conference on Aging will be held later this year. The White House has held a Conference on Aging each decade since the 1960s to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life of older Americans. The conference is intended as an opportunity to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade. This year’s conference will specifically explore the areas of retirement security, healthy aging, long-term services and supports, and elder justice.

The White House Conference on Aging is currently engaging with stakeholders and members of the public about the issues most important to older individuals, their caregivers, and families. They have launched a series of regional forums to engage with older Americans, their families, caregivers, leaders in the aging field, and others on the key issues affecting older Americans. In addition, they are seeking comments from the public on issues to be addressed at the conference.

Through the White House Conference on Aging website, you can provide your thoughts about the issues you’d like to see discussed at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and your ideas for actions that can help to improve the lives of older Americans. You can also share your story about aging, either as an older adult or a caregiver. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging wants to especially put a spotlight on stories that recognize and celebrate the contributions of older Americans.

To submit comments and stories for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, visit

Heart Health Tips from the National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging at the National Institute for Health offer tips on maintaining a healthy heart and lowering your risk of heart disease as you age. Aging can cause changes in the heart and blood vessels. Yet many of the problems older people have with their heart and blood vessels are really caused by disease, not by aging.

Regular checkups with a doctor are essential for detecting heart problems. Early heart disease often doesn’t have symptoms, or the symptoms may be barely noticeable. This is especially true in older adults. Your doctor can monitor your blood pres­sure and cholesterol to reduce your risk. The National Institute on Aging provides a list of questions you can ask your doctor to learn more about your risk for heart disease and what to do about it.

Leading a heart-healthy lifestyle might help you avoid or delay serious illness. Some steps to take to keep your heart healthy include being more physically active, following a heart-healthy diet, keeping a healthy weight, and not smoking.

To learn more about heart health from the National Institute on Aging, visit

SAGE Introduces National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative

SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders) has unveiled a national, multi-year LGBT elder housing initiative to ensure that millions of LGBT older people can access welcoming LGBT housing in all its forms. LGBT older people currently face profound challenges in obtaining LGBT-welcoming housing, a problem that will increase significantly as the elder population doubles in the next few decades. SAGE’s efforts will address these challenges while also creating new LGBT elder housing options.

SAGE’s comprehensive National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative will include:
  • Building model LGBT elder housing in select communities, while sharing this model nationwide to create more LGBT elder housing.
  • Training housing providers nationwide on the needs of LGBT older people. This training will target independent senior living as well as the broader housing market.
  • Advocating for public policy to create LGBT-inclusive housing supports, both at the federal level and at the state level. These policies will aim to remove the barriers that limit housing options for LGBT older people in their communities.
  • Educating LGBT older adults on making smart housing choices and equipping them with the resources they need to find— and advocate for—LGBT-friendly housing in all its forms.
  • Promoting best practices in services and programs that support LGBT older people with their housing challenges.

To learn more about SAGE and the National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative, visit

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Save the Date- "Older Men's Sexual Health"- April 25th

Let’s talk about sex! As we get older, our desires often change, or changes in our bodies may impact how we pursue those desires. Join us for this free workshop for gay, bi, and trans men to explore sexuality and aging. Discussion topics will include: health and sexuality, nutrition and exercise, performance anxiety, dating and relationships, keeping sex hot, and more!

This program is free, open
to the public and will be held at the 
William Way Community Center
1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia.
Refreshments will be served.
To register or for more 
information, please contact
the LGBT Elder Initiative.

phone:  (215) 550-1460

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 • 9:30am to 12:30pm

"Older Men's Sexual Health" is presented by the
LGBT Elder Initiative in collaboration with
the William Way Community Center and Penn Medicine CAREs.

Support for this Conversation is provided by the
Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, the Philadelphia Corporation
for Aging, and Philadelphia Gay News.

Copyright © 2015 LGBT Elder Initiative,
All rights reserved.

Our email address is:
Our web address is:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Gettin’ On in PGN: Can We Talk?

From Philadelphia Gay News,  February 19, 2015
By Amy Steerman

Can we talk?

OK, Joan Rivers I’m not. But just as a kernel of raw truth rang out from a Joan poke, so too here. No joke: All you hold as important with your health, savings, home and family are at risk … unless you have the right legal provisions in place. Your legal plans protect you. They safeguard what you care about most.

Legal planning typically takes two paths. We are probably more accustomed to thinking about the eventuality of our passing. Yet we think less about what might happen throughout our lifetime, even though statistics show that many of us will face a disability or health issue along the way. Eyes wide open to both realities, it is clear that everyone needs a will, financial power of attorney, health-care power of attorney and advance directive. Other documents may be needed depending on circumstances. LGBT folks — single, partnered or married — should engage in all facets of planning.

Read the complete article HERE: