Tuesday, April 22, 2014

HHS: Health Care Protections for LGBT Individuals

from HHS.GOV
April 15, 2014

Enhancing Health Care Protections for LGBT Individuals

by Matthew Heinz, MD, Director of Provider & LGBT Outreach, and Juliet K. Choi, JD, Chief of Staff & Senior Advisor, Office for Civil Rights

Throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), we operate on the fundamental belief that every American deserves equal opportunity, equal protection, and equal rights under the law. When we are sick or injured, we depend on health care professionals to treat us with competence, compassion, and the understanding that we are protected against mistreatment.

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) individuals harms the health and well-being of LGBT individuals and their families in many ways.  Like everyone else, LGBT individuals should receive regular health care when and where they need it, without fear of disclosing their sexual history and gender identity to their health care providers, and with the freedom to involve their partners in their care.  But they often cannot do so, or believe they cannot do so, based on the threat of discrimination.

You can read more here

Penn's Village: The Geography of Memory

Jeanne Murray Walker: The Geography of Memory
A Pilgrimage through Alzheimer’s
April 29th at 11:30 AM
Join Penn’s Village and award-winning poet Jeanne Murray Walker for lunch at the Cosmopolitan Club. 
Ms, Walker will talk about her personal experience, caring for her mother and finding, along with grief, unexpected joy and humor, and a better understanding of her own past.
Reservations at least three days in advance are required. The cost of the luncheon at the Cosmopolitan Club is $25.  Since we are required to charge you for the lunch if you cancel less than two days in advance,  please send a friend if you are unable to attend.  Dress is business casual.
Please call 215 925 7333 or email info@pennsvillage.org to register.

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Medicare & Bank Fraud
May 14
East River Drive Sculpture

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Phila. Inquirer: The Alzheimer's Series

from The Philadelphia Inquirer
April 15. 2014

For LGBT community, dealing with dementia is a challenge

by Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer

Dementia is terrible for everyone, but elderly people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) face extra problems, says Ed Bomba, communications chair for the LGBT Elder Initiative in Philadelphia.

Many have spent much of their lives in the closet and fear discrimination by medical or social service providers or even the people they might live with in nursing homes.

"We don't have children, as a rule. We don't have partners, as a rule, as we age," Bomba said. Many older LGBT people were rejected by their families and have created support systems of friends. But they're often all about the same age.

"We're all aging together, and we all have our own issues as we age, and therefore we become less capable of taking care of each other," Bomba said.

For all those reasons, he thinks it's especially important that LGBT elders know the signs of cognitive decline. "We're trying to educate the community so that we can watch out for each other," he said.

The Elder Initiative recently teamed with the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter for three classes on recognizing and coping with Alzheimer's disease. The two groups also worked with the Penn Memory Center and the Mazzoni Center last year to produce a symposium on brain aging. New programs are in the works.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Equality Forum to present "Aging in Place"

Aging in Place: a panel discussion

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, the LGBTEI will moderate a panel discussion on aging in place as part of the 2014 Equality Forum.

“Aging in Place” is designed to raise awareness of unique challenges that LGBT older adults face as they age. The panel will also discuss resources that are available to help meet those challenges.

Government funding, medical reimbursement and the aging services networks are all focusing their future models of care on a system that encourages and supports the concept of aging in place. This program will present an overview of the work being accomplished by the LGBT Elder Initiative; review progress toward an "Age-friendly Philadelphia"; describe the Village-to-Village Movement model; assess the impact of the Affordable Care Act on senior health; and outline how changes to the Older Americans Act can help LGBT older Americans to successfully age in place.

This panel discussion will be presented from 1:00 pm until 2:15 pm at The University of the Arts, Terra Hall, Room 833. Terra Hall is located at 211 South Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA. MAP

This program is free and open to the public.  More information is available at: www.equalityforum.com