Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How to find free services

19 Free Services for Seniors or Their Caregivers

Most seniors these days are living on limited incomes from sources that may include Social Security, a small pension or maybe some other form of government assistance. With few resources at their disposal, finding services for free or discounted prices is vital.

There are likely many of these types of services available through your local Office for the Aging (the name of this government agency may be different in your local area, i.e. Division of Senior Services) or local charities such as Lions Club or Meals-on-Wheels, or on the Internet through sites like ElderCare.gov.

However, in my opinion, the most rewarding of these freebies for seniors and their caregivers – things like free hearing aids and free dentures – will be more difficult to come by. From my experiences as a caregiver, I have compiled a list of these types of services and provided a roadmap and examples for how to find them.

New fitness class available

From our friends at

Fitness Classes For Us
Stability, Balance & Energy
Ten Bi-Weekly Classes Beginning January 14

Based on the popularity of her Penn’s Village workshop “Why Feel Your Age,” the folks at Penn’s Village have asked Sandra M. Goldberg, M.S., R.P.T., to conduct a series of fitness classes designed to help us be the best we can be.

You may register for the entire series or specific sessions.  Each session will cost $5 for Penn’s Village members & volunteers; $10 for non-members, payable at the door.  Please register by calling 215.925.7333 or emailing mailto:info@pennsvillage.org.

Classes will be held in the French Room of the Trinity Community Center at 22nd and Spruce Streets between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM.  This venue is handicapped accessible.

The class dates are:
January 14 & 28        February 11 and 25
March 11 and 25       April 8 and 22
May 13 and 27

Other Upcoming Programs
January 12:  Developing Your Personal Legacy
January 27:  Tour of African American Art - Philadelphia Museum of Art

Saturday, November 29, 2014

World AIDS Day - December 1

World AIDS Day. December 1.

Click here to find resources about Nutrition and HIV & Aging

Asking for your support on Giving Tuesday!

Dear Friends,
Today is Giving Tuesday, a worldwide day dedicated to charity and volunteerism. Following the commercial frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday calls upon individuals to give back to their communities through volunteer work and charitable giving. Giving Tuesday reminds us that this season is not only about shopping and spending, but is also a season of giving. This year, the LGBT Elder Initiative is joining with thousands of organizations around the world in a call to action for people to give back to their communities as part of this international day of giving.   
We know that there are many ways that you can spend your time and money this holiday season. We hope that you will consider making a donation to the LGBT Elder Initiative to support our work in advocating for LGBT older adults in the Delaware Valley. Volunteering with us is another great way to help us achieve our goals in the coming year.
Despite the great progress we have seen this year in LGBT communities across the country, our LGBT older adult communities still face a variety of needs in order to ensure that we are able to age successfully with the necessary supports. From accessing culturally-sensitive social services, to providing for our financial, social, and physical health needs, our LGBT older adult communities still face many challenges. 
The LGBT Elder Initiative has been working for the past four years to build bridges between aging services organizations and LGBT older adult communities in the greater-Philadelphia region in order to improve the quality of life of LGBT older adults. As a volunteer-driven organization, the LGBT Elder Initiative relies on supporters like you in order to continue to fund our work in the community. To contribute today, please visit our website to donate online. You can also mail a check to our fiscal sponsor CARIE (Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly). Please make checks payable to CARIE and indicate “LGBT Elder Initiative” on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to:

Two Penn Center
1500 JFK Blvd., Suite 1500
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1718

We thank you for your continued support of the LGBT Elder Initiative and LGBT older adults in the Delaware Valley! 


Heshie Zinman
Chair, LGBT Elder Initiative

Community convo to shed light on grieving process

November 27, 2014

by Ryan Kasley

The next segment in the LGBT Elder Initiative’s ongoing “Conversations” series will focus on grief and the possibility for growth after a loss.

The workshop will explore the grieving process, give attendees the opportunity to share experiences and perspectives and to examine the path to future happiness that can result from the difficult times in life.

The program is free and open to the public, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the University of Pennsylvania LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.

“As folks get older, our community experiences deep losses, especially with regards to HIV and AIDS,” said LGBTEI chair Heshie Zinman. “But it could also be loss of health, youth, friends, family or independence.”  Read more at: www.epgn.com/

Balance & Strength Training Workshop

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gettin' On in PGN: The second wave

November 2014

by Ed Bomba

My friends are getting sick and dying, again. Thirty years ago there was a sudden, unexpected onslaught of the same thing. Back then it was AIDS. Friends got sick and were gone in a matter of days or weeks.  It went on for months and years. Eventually the dying almost stopped, but it left so many of us with physical and emotional damage. It did not seem to be, it could not have been, part of the natural progression.

The second wave is hitting now: one more funeral, one more memorial after another. Should this wave seem more natural? It doesn’t. Instead of PCP, KS, MAC and TOXO, now, it is diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and simply old age. This time it includes not only young friends and members of our families of choice, but our biological families, contemporaries, work colleagues, and on and on.

Are we just at that age, the “normal” age, when we should be dealing with loss and sorrow?  How do we cope?  Does AIDS post-traumatic stress make it more difficult for us to deal with the biological consequences of aging?

The medical scientists can tell us what to expect in our decades of aging: which diseases will probably attack us in our 50s, then in our 60s and on up. They can give us pills to ward off some of them, mask some of the symptoms, or even cure some of illnesses. But sometimes these treatments are more like wars, almost worse than the effects of the disease. 

There is always prevention. If we live healthfully, exercise, eat right, and reduce stress, we can ward off many of the effects -- and diseases associated with aging. Some of this is under our own control. But we cannot control everything going on around us. We will have to deal with many types of loss and cope with the related grief, sorrow, loneliness, fear, anxiety, and depression.

As LGBT older adults, having experienced so much loss decades ago, are we better able to cope now?  Or are we even more vulnerable? Do lifetimes of stigma and discrimination make it more difficult for us to grieve and cope with loss, whether it is physical or emotional?

We know the statistics about our LGBT families of choice, and our different social, emotional, and financial support structures. We know that they can impact how we cope with loss, how we grieve, and if and how we move on. Read more at http://www.epgn.com/columns/gettin-on/8174-the-second-wave