Monday, January 19, 2015

Save the Date for the LGBT Legal Clinic on March 14

If you are an LGBT older adult and want to ensure that your wishes are carried out if you become incapacitated or pass away, you need to complete certain legal documents. These documents include a will, a living will, medical and financial powers of attorney, and disposition of remains. Click here for descriptions of these documents.
The "LGBT Legal Clinic" includes a workshop about these important documents, followed by a free legal clinic. At the clinic you can meet one-on-one with an attorney who will complete the documents that you need to ensure that your wishes are carried out.
There is no fee for assistance in preparation of these documents. (*Please see the NOTE below regarding "simple" as opposed to "complex" wills.)
This program is free, open to the public and will be held at the William Way Community Center at 1315 Spruce Street in Philadelphia.
Refreshments will be served.
To register or for more information, please contact the LGBT Elder Initiative. 
phone:  267.546.3448
Saturday, March 14, 2015
NOTE: Only "simple" wills, those which do not include real estate, multiple beneficiaries or issues of guardianship/children, can be prepared at this free clinic. If your estate requires a more complicated will, we can refer you to a private attorney who can handle your specific will for a fee. Documents other than a “complex” will as described above can still be prepared for you at no fee at this clinic.
"LGBT Legal Clinic" is presented by the
LGBT Elder Initiative in collaboration with AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania; Mazzoni Center; and Amy F. Steerman LLC
Support for this Conversation is provided by the
Delaware Valley Legacy Fund
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Philadelphia Gay News
PNC Bank
William Way Community Center
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Gettin' On in PGN: You say you want a resolution

January 15, 2015

by Megan McCoy

Resolutions are a dime a dozen this time of year - overused, clich├ęd, often empty. Resolution, however, is “a firm decision to do or not to do something,” or, “the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict or problem.” LGBT older adults face significant health disparities and have historically been underserved by and/or experienced discrimination by aging services providers. As Pennsylvania ushers in a new gubernatorial administration in 2015, there is an unprecedented opportunity for resolution and advocacy for LGBT older adults in our communities.

“By the year 2020, the year of perfect vision, the old will outnumber the young.” – Maggie Kuhn, Gray Panthers founder

Available statistics confirm Maggie Kuhn’s prognostication. According to the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s report Looking Ahead: Philadelphia’s Aging Population in 2015, in Pennsylvania, the number of persons age 60 and older is expected to grow by 37% - from 2.4 million in 2000 to 3.2 million in 2020.

The question is will LGBT older adults be included in the count?

LGBT older adults remain a largely invisible population within aging services in Pennsylvania. Many older adults in PA rely on the aging services network for a range of supports including meals on wheels, senior center programs, and in home services. Many LGBT older adults need and could benefit from these services. However, little is known about whether or not LGBT older adults are actually utilizing them because the PA State Department of Aging does not collect data regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.  Read more at

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Resources for Caregivers

CARES Program at Lutheran Settlement House
(215) 426-8610

200 Years of African American Art

Private tour: Tuesday, January 27 at 2pm

Join Penn’s Village at the Philadelphia Art Museum for a private tour of the new African American Art exhibit.  See work by renowned artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Beginning with decorative arts made in the 1800’s, the exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings, and prints as well as furniture, ceramics, silver, and textiles.

The Museum admission fee is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, free to members.  There is an additional $8 charge for everyone for the private tour.

Please call 215 925 7333 or email mailto:info@pennsvillage.orgto register.  Since we need to pay the Museum in advance, please send a check made out to Penn’s Village, 201 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 by January 21 or pay through PayPal.   The West Entrance (rear of the Museum) where we will meet is barrier free.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Equal treatment for same-sex partners outlined by Medicare and Medicaid

CMS has issued guidance and proposed regulatory revisions that provide equal treatment to all spouses, regardless of sex, of a valid marriage, even if the state where the individual lives or receives services does not recognize same sex marriage.  Both the proposed rules and revised language for the State Operations Manual, Appendix PP – Guidance to Surveyors for Long-Term Care Facilities were issued December 12, 2014. Comments on the proposed rule are due February 10, 2015. An advanced copy of the revisions to Appendix PP was issued in a Letter from CMS to State Survey Agency Directors (S&C: 15-13-ALL) and is effective immediately.

What does this mean for Ombudsman Practice?  As part of your advocacy promoting and protecting the rights of residents, Ombudsmen can:
  • Educate residents, family members, and staff about resident and spousal rights
  • Support same-sex spouses in asserting their rights
  • Advocate for residents and same-sex spouses whose rights are being violated
  • Discuss guidance during facility in-service trainings regarding residents' rights
  • Add information from the revised guidance to residents' rights training for initial certification and continuing education for LTCO
  • Create and distribute a fact sheet regarding rights of same-sex spouses in LTC facilities
  • Communicate with state and local licensing and survey staff regarding the guidance
  • Review the proposed rule and submit comments by Februrary 10, 2015 

For more information about this issue, visit the NORC website. More information and a fact sheet on Residents’ Rights and the LGBT Community is available here.

submitted by Lori Walsh, C.A.R.I.E.

Do you know the signs of memory loss?

Have you noticed a friend or a loved one acting more forgetful lately? Sometimes it’s hard to know when to worry. Here are some signs of a more serious memory problem:
·      asking the same questions over and over again
·      getting lost in well-known places
·      not being able to follow directions
·      becoming more confused about time, people, and places
·      lack of self-care—eating poorly, not bathing, or being unsafe

For more information on memory problems, check out Understanding Memory Loss: What To Do When You Have Trouble Remembering. This short book explains the causes of memory problems, how they can be treated, and how to cope with them. It’s also available to download as an eBook (epub).

Find out more in Understanding Memory Loss from @Alzheimers_NIH.