Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Grief, Loss & Possibility,the next LGBTEI Conversation, is December 6

As LGBT older adults, each of us has experienced physical or emotional loss. Each individual grieves in their own way. Join us for this free workshop as we explore the process of grief and loss, share experiences and perspectives, and discuss the possibility for future happiness that can result from our most difficult times in life.
This program is free
and open to the public.

Penn LGBT Center
3907 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
To register or to receive more information, please contact the LGBT Elder Initiative.
phone:  267.546.3448
  • A light breakfast will be served.
  • Registration is required.
  • Easy access by public transportation.
  • Call or email for directions.
Saturday, December 6  •  10am to 12:30pm
"Grief, Loss & Possibility" is presented by the
LGBT Elder Initiative.
Support for this 
Conversation is provided by the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Penn LGBT Center, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and
Philadelphia Gay News.
Copyright © 2014 LGBT Elder Initiative, All rights reserved.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

In loving memory of Gloria Casarez

The people of the LGBT Elder Initiative mourn the passing of Gloria Casarez. Gloria was a truly unique individual and we were so fortunate to have known her, worked with her, and benefitted from her intelligence and energy.

Gloria served as a member of the Inaugural Board of the Elder Initiative and as one of the key community members whose vision and drive helped form the organization in 2010.

For those of us who knew Gloria on a more personal level, we remember her kindness, thoughtfulness and her loving nature. Please join us in giving thanks for, and celebrating the life of, Gloria Casarez. We will miss her light.

Gettin' On in PGN: Healthy living for successful aging

from “Gettin’ On” in Philadelphia Gay News
October 18, 2014

by David Griffith

Lets be honest, our society can often be obsessed with youth and fighting the realities of aging. It can therefore be difficult to give honest thought to what it really means to age in a healthy way. Yet, all of us are aging, and our communities need to address how to best ensure that LGBT people are aging in ways that promote physical, mental and emotional wellness.

Aging healthfully is no easy feat. Rather, healthy aging depends on the interaction of many different facets of our lives, each of which needs to be worked at and nurtured.

Nutrition and Physical Activity

 It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of information we hear about what foods we need to give up, what new exercise regimens we must try, and what new diet trend is sweeping the nation. The link throughout these messages is that nutrition and physical activity play important roles in our health. This importance is heightened as we age and encounter many natural, age-related health issues. Good nutrition and exercise now, at whatever your age, will serve as a protective factor later in life. Read more at www.epgn.com/columns/gettin-on/.

CBS reports on the crisis in long-term care

from the Village-to-Village Network

“CBS Sunday Morning” aired a segment on Sunday, October 19, 2014, reviewing the crisis in providing services to all who are aging. We all know that we have an aging population, fewer family caregivers, increasingly limited personal financial resources, and growing strains on government and family budgets will create an unsustainable demand for long-term care.

Furthermore, policy makers have failed to reach consensus on how to finance and deliver long-term services and supports. This past weekend “CBS Sunday Morning,” senior news correspondent, Rita Braver, reported on the challenging picture of caring for older adults through interviews with a woman caring for her aging step father; former Senator Tom Daschle who leads the new Bipartisan Policy Center’s Long-Term Care Initiative; and New Yorker Magazine cartoonist and author Roz Chast (“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant” – a memoir about caring for her aging parents).

The segment highlights Beacon Hill Village and the Village model as a solution to the crisis.
The segment is available at www.cbsnews.com/sunday-morning/.

For more information about the Village-to-Village Network, contact Jane Eleey, executive director of Penn’s Village, at 215.925.7333 or info@pennsvillage.org. Penn’s Village serves a broad geographic area of Philadelphia that includes Center City.

EI's Dawn Munro presented with Jaci Adams OutProud Award

On Sunday, October 12, 2014, EI board member, Dawn Munro, was awarded the Jaci Adams OutProud Transgender Award at the annual OutFest celebration in Philadelphia, PA.

When presenting the award to Ms. Munro
H. Zinman (l); D. Munro (r) 
, EI board chair, Heshie Zinman, remarked that, “Few people in this city could possibly stand in the shoes of Jaci Adams. One of those people is today’s honoree… For over 5 decades, this woman, this activist, has spoken out, acted up, and supported a better world for transgender, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people around the world.”

Munro is a member of TPAC, Sisterly Love, PFLAG, Philadelphia Police LGBT Liaison Committee, and, most recently, she was elected to the board of the LGBT Elder Initiative.

Zinman continued, “With today’s presentation, we continue the tradition of recognizing truly great people in our communities who make real differences in the lives of transgender people, everyday and in so many ways. This award is a thank you and plea to continue your work as an activist, an advocate, and an agent of change. Thank you and congratulations to my dear friend, Dawn Munro.”