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

EI: On the Radio

Lesbe Real Radio Talk

Thursday, May 8, 2014
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The EI’s Helen Dow and Terri Clark will join host Jazzy Gray-Sadler on Lesbe Real Radio Talk. Helen, Terri and Jazzy will be discussing the next LGBTEI Conversation, “LGBT Older Women’s Sexual Health,” and more!

LGBT Older Women's Sexual Health: A Conversation

For more information or to register,
email INFO@LGBTEI.ORG or call 267-546-3448


Thursday, April 24, 2014

PTHC 2014: Navigating the Aging Services Network

Two great programs from the Elder Initiative for older adults at this year’s Philadelphia Trans Health Conference:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

(2:20 – 3:40 pm  , Room 109B)

(4:05 - 5:25 pm, Room 109B)

For complete conference information, please go to: www.trans-health.org/about
This year's Conference runs from June 12 through June 14 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.