Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Our website has moved!

For the latest news, resources, events, videos and program announcements, check out our new site at www.lgbtelderinitiative.org!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Celebrate LGBT Pride at the Southwest Senior Center

The Southwest Senior Center will be holding an LGBT Pride Celebration on Friday, June 3rd at their Center, located at 6916 Elmwood Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. In recognition of June as Pride month, the event will continue the conversation about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults and celebrate June as LGBT Pride month!

Friday, June 3rd at 11:00 a.m.
Southwest Senior Center, 6916 Elmwood Avenue
For more information, contact Linda Marucci at 215-937-1880

Register Now for "Aging Safely: Preventing Elder Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation"

Thursday, May 19, 2016

“Gettin’ On” in PGN: Protecting LGBT seniors from abuse and exploitation

May 19, 2016

By Joseph Quinn

Every year on June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day highlights the damage caused by the abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults. Pennsylvania, it should be noted, has the fourth-largest population of seniors in the country. By 2020, about 3.3-million Pennsylvanians are expected to be over the age of 60. As this population increases, the abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older adults is becoming a critical issue we cannot ignore.

For various reasons, elders can suffer from physical, sexual or emotional abuse at the hands of either personal or professional caregivers. Research suggests that one out of every 10 people 60 years and older who lives at home suffers abuse, neglect or exploitation, and that 44 percent of nursing-home residents report abuse or neglect. 

But according to Joseph Snyder, director of Older Adult Protective Services at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, the most prevalent forms of reported abuse are self-neglect and financial exploitation, with the latter being the fastest-rising category. Dana Goldberg, Project SAFE coordinator for the SeniorLAW Center, adds that more than 7-million seniors in the United States fall victim to financial exploitation each year, and are defrauded of almost $3 billion a year.

Financial exploitation can include stealing money, property or identity, as well as the misuse of wills, powers of attorney and other contracts. Seniors can fall for con games that promise prizes or instant riches, or ask for donations for worthy causes. And, unfortunately, seniors are not immune to scams in which they become romantically involved with someone (often younger) who attempts to take control of their finances, property or possessions. 

Social isolation is a key factor in cases of caregiver and self-neglect. Signs of neglect can include poor personal hygiene, unusual weight loss, lack of needed assistive devices such as glasses and hearing aids and failure to take required medication. These can be hard to detect if the elder is isolated and has no active ties to the community.

Signs of physical abuse, such as bruises, broken bones, burns or other unexplained injuries, are sometimes obvious. Emotional and sexual abuse are harder to determine, as there may not be any visible signs, but the victims may be nervous, depressed, withdrawn and fear being touched.

Seniors dealing with physical weakness, disability or even forms of dementia are especially vulnerable to abuse. They may fear losing the financial support of a relative or partner, or even a place to live. They are often, understandably, ashamed or embarrassed to speak up or report abuse to outsiders or the authorities. Sometimes they even blame themselves and think the abuse will eventually stop if they just keep quiet. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Registration is open for AIDS Education Month 2016

Registration is open for the 2016 AIDS Education Month, presented by Philadelphia FIGHT. AIDS Education Month is highlighted by a series of events throughout Philadelphia to increase AIDS awareness and to bring people together to find strategies to combat the virus. Over 10,000 individuals are directly reached by AEM every June. All AEM events are free and take place at various locations throughout the city.

Event registration for AIDS Education Month activities can be completed through an online registration form on the AEM website. To view all AEM-related events taking place in June, visit the AEM calendar.

The following events, programs and conferences are included as part of this year’s AIDS Education Month:

Opening Reception and Award Ceremony
Wednesday, June 1st, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Independence Visitors Center, 6th & Market Streets

Movements for Change
Thursday, June 2nd, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street

Beyond the Walls: Prison Healthcare and Reentry Summit
Wednesday, June 15th, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets

End AIDS: HIV Prevention and Outreach Summit
Wednesday, June 22nd, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 13th & Arch Streets

Community Cookout
Saturday, June 25th, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Fairmount Park: Area #2, 33rd Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue

To learn more about AIDS Education Month, visit www.aidseducationmonth.org

Celebrate Arts & Aging this May!

Art created by older Philadelphians will be on display throughout the month of May at special exhibits throughout the city. Presented by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), “Celebrate Arts & Aging” will provide access to free art exhibits at five locations in Philadelphia: City Hall, the Gershman Y, the West Philadelphia Senior Center, Center on the Hill, and the Philadelphia Senior Center. All art has been produced by older adults and is free to view. As part of this initiative, seniors can also access special discounts to theatres and concerts, as well as art, drama, dance and other classes. For more information, visit PCA’s website.
2016 Celebrate Arts & Aging Exhibit Locations:

Art in City Hall
5th Floor, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gershman Y
401 S. Broad St.
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

West Philadelphia Senior Community Center
41st & Poplar Streets
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Artists’ Reception: Wednesday, May 18 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Center on the Hill … The Place for Active Adults
8855 Germantown Ave., adjacent to the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Artists’ Reception: Tuesday, May 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Philadelphia Senior Center – Avenue of the Arts
509 S. Broad St.
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to all receptions and exhibits is free.

Celebrate Arts & Aging is presented by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and sponsored by Always Best Care Senior Services, JEVS at Home, PECO and Health Partners Plans.