Monday, March 23, 2015

Gettin’ On in PGN: Five ways for men to maintain sexual health past 50

March 19, 2015

By Dr. Thomas Wood

Is it possible to outgrow your sexuality? For some, this may seem like a ridiculous notion but gay, bisexual and transgender men over 50 are regularly asked to consider this very question. Generally speaking, sexual wholeness originates in positive sources of intimacy, sensuality, sexual identity and seductive play. Maintaining a healthy body plays an important role as well. Since there is no one way to define sexuality, consider what sexual “wholeness” means to you as you read these tips. If you wonder how men can possibly keep their sexuality alive after age 50, here are five methods worth giving a try. You may unlock your sexiest years yet!

1. Into-Me-See: How could you be more vulnerable than to share your deepest sexual desires? As we age, we get a better sense of what we like or might like to try. Do you want to change your typical sexual position? Do you think a little rough play is hot? Is there a toy you’d like to try? Don’t waste time worrying what others might think! Instead, improve your connections by initiating intimate conversations with your partner and people you trust.



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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Senior Nutrition Programs: Saving Lives and Lifestyles



Each March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month® to highlight the importance of proper nutrition in promoting wellness. Along with improving physical health and well-being, ACL’s nutrition program creates a positive ripple effect on the personal and social lives of older people.
Keith, a 94-year-old widower in Florida, was hospitalized but lived alone and could not prepare his own meals when he was well enough to leave the hospital. His doctors were concerned when he refused to move to a nursing home or an assisted living facility. Keith was clear: he wanted to live independently, in his own home, and is doing so today, thanks to a person-centered approach to planning services and supports that match his needs and preferences. Continue reading here:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania announces Southern New Jersey expansion


The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania has announced that it has expanded its services into the South Jersey region, creating the AIDS Law Project of Southern New Jersey. The move will ensure that people living with HIV and AIDS in the region will have access to free legal services. The South Jersey office will work on legal issues including public and private benefits, discrimination, housing and utilities, medical confidentiality and financial matters.
The program that previously provided those services faced an uncertain future when All About Hope, which administered it, recently closed its doors. The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania created the program in South Jersey in the mid-1990s and maintained a relationship with it through the years. The relationship now rises to a new level as the New Jersey program comes under the umbrella of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania.
Charlotte Hollander, the sole staff attorney for the New Jersey AIDS Law Project, will continue to work out of offices at Kennedy Health System’s HIV/AIDS Clinic in Voorhees and Cooper Health System’s Early Intervention Program in Camden.
To read the full statement from the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and to learn more about the AIDS Law Project of Southern New Jersey, please visit www.aidslawsnj.org.

Panel on “Promoting Health and Wellness in the LGBT Elder Community”


The LGBT Elder Initiative is partnering with the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health and Center for Public Health Initiatives in hosting a panel discussion on the current health needs of LGBT older adults and best practices in providing care for the LGBT elder community. 

This panel discussion, titled “Promoting Health and Wellness in the LGBT Elder Community,” will take place on Monday, April 6th from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania John Morgan Building in the Reunion Auditorium. Lunch will be provided. 

Topics and panelists include: 

Best Practices in Patient Care for LGBT Elders 
Mary Ann Forciea MD 
Penn Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine at the Department of Medicine 

Behavioral Health Challenges Faced by LGBT Elders 
Mark Brennan-Ing PhD 
Director of Research and Evaluation, ACRIA 

From Samples to Studies: The (Evolving) State of LGBT Aging Research 
Robert Espinoza 
Vice President of Policy, PHI 

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders in Philadelphia 
Ed Miller 
Senior Programs Coordinator, William Way 

Heshie Zinman of the LGBT Elder Initiative will be moderating the panel.



Directions to the John Morgan Building are available at: http://www.facilities.upenn.edu/sites/default/files/pennaccess/PA0335-JohnMorgan.pdf
 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month


March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month (BHAM), and this year’s theme is Mental Health. The Boston-based Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) is leading the Bisexual Health Awareness Month initiative. The BRC will be conducting a social media campaign throughout the month to educate the public on the important issues and mental health disparities impacting bisexuals. The purpose of this initiative is to raise awareness about the bisexual community’s social, economic, and health disparities. This year’s theme of Mental Health will specifically aim to educate the community on the mental health issues facing bisexuals. Bisexual Health Awareness Month is also intended as a call to community organizations to evaluate the ways that they are serving bisexual individuals and to work toward improving the services offered to bisexual communities.

To learn more about Bisexual Health Awareness Month and the Bisexual Resource Center, please visit www.biresource.net.