Hilary Meyer, Director
Tim Johnston, Assistant Director, Social Enterprise and Training
Christina DaCosta, Assistant Director of Communications
Sherrill Wayland, Manager of National Projects
Leon Avelino, National Projects Coordinator
Sadiya Abjani, Training Specialist
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations, largely through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 26 local SAGE affiliates in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
These 18 organizations represent various parts of the country and serve a variety of diverse audiences, helping ensure that our resources reach LGBT older adults from all walks of life. Read more to learn about each partner.
Founded in 1954, the American Society on Aging is an association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults. The membership of ASA is a multidisciplinary community of practitioners, educators, administrators, policymakers, business people, researchers, students and other professionals who are concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging. ASA's renowned educational programming and publications have assisted and enhanced the skills of more than 100,000 practitioners, educators, administrators, policymakers, business people and students—all working to improve the quality of life of older adults—making ASA the leading multi-disciplinary member-based organization in the field of aging focused on cultivating and developing professionals. The American Society on Aging is located in San Francisco, CA.
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization has played an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers across the country and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. Serving over 200 known LGBT community centers across the country in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Peru, and Mexico, CenterLink assists newly forming community centers and helps strengthen existing LGBT centers, through networking opportunities for center leaders, peer-based technical assistance and training, and a variety of capacity building services. Our efforts are based on the belief that LGBT community centers are primary change agents, engines of community, and the backbone of the LGBT movement. A fundamental goal of our mission is to help build the capacity of centers to meet the social, cultural, health and political advocacy needs of the LGBT community. CenterLink is located in New York City.
FORGE's Transgender Aging Network (TAN) is an international program that was founded in 1998 and is now headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It exists to improve the lives of current and future trans/SOFFA (significant others, friends, family and allies) elders by: Identifying, promoting communication among, and enhancing the work of researchers, service providers, educators, advocates, elders and others who are interested in trans/SOFFA aging issues; promoting awareness of concerns, issues, and realities of trans/SOFFA aging among service providers, researchers, advocates, health care professionals, the lesbian/gay/bisexual and trans communities, and other relevant audiences; advocating for policy changes in public and private institutions, services, organizations, programs, etc. to provide better access for and respectful and appropriate treatment of trans/SOFFA elders; and providing communication channels through which trans/SOFFA elders can give and receive support and information. FORGE Transgender Aging Network is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
GRIOT Circle, founded in 1995 by Ms. Regina Shavers, is an intergenerational culturally diverse community-based organization serving the needs of the community of lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender elders of color over the age of fifty. We provide psycho-social support and culturally responsive programming that affirm the lives of this underserved population. GRIOT is committed to honoring and preserving our histories and traditions, reuniting those parts of ourselves that have been fragmented by racism, sexism and homophobia. We maintain a safe space, free of discrimination based on age, gender, race, sexuality, spirituality and ethnic origin. GRIOT Circle is located in Brooklyn, NY.
Hunter College, located in the heart of bustling Manhattan, is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1870, it is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country. Silberman Aging: A Hartford Center of Excellence in Diverse Aging promotes inter-professional, community focused leadership in social work in aging by developing and supporting initiatives through its intersecting Education, Training and Lifelong Learning, Research, and Policy and Practice departments. All of the Centerâ€™s activities support healthy aging among older adults, with an emphasis on developing and disseminating knowledge on the complex needs of racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and LGBT older adults. Currently, 21,000 students attend Hunter, pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 different programs of study.
The LGBT Aging Project works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders and caregivers have equal access to the life prolonging benefits, protections, services and institutions that their heterosexual neighbors take for granted. Often LGBT elders are overlooked by mainstream aging services as well as by the LGBT community itself, so the Aging Project focuses on three areas: LGBT cultural competency training for mainstream elder care providers; advocacy and public policy on state and national levels; outreach and community building with LGBT elders and caregivers themselves. The goal is to ensure that LGBT elders can grow older with the dignity and respect they deserve. The LGBT Aging Project is located in Boston, MA.
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well as the U.S. Territories. These local programs are our Members.
Established in 1979, the mission of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging is to serve as the nation's leading advocacy and service organization committed to the dignity, well-being and quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) as they age. NAPCA serves approximately 10,000 low-income AAPI elders through employment and healthy aging programs and a national, toll-free, Asian language Helpline, linking limited and non-English speaking elders with important resources and benefit programs.
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the leading voice on aging issues for the National Aging Network's 629 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and 246 Title VI Native American Aging Programs. AAAs and Title VI Grants for Indian Tribal Organizations are established under the Older Americans Act. By providing a range of options that allow elders to choose the home and community-based services and living arrangements that suit them best, AAAs make it possible for older Americans to remain in their homes and communities as long as possible. Title VI programs provide comparable nutritional, supportive and caregiver services for their elders. Through advocacy, training and technical assistance, n4a supports this National Aging Network in the development and provision of comprehensive, community-based services which meet the needs of older adults; provide information on available services, programs and policies that affect older adults and their caregivers; and coordinate funding of a wide-range of long term living services and supports. Typical services include information and assistance, home delivered meals, care management, transportation, in home services, legal assistance and protective services. AAAs and Title VI programs provide services to more than 8 million older adults and 1 million caregivers annually. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is located in Washington, DC.
Founded in 1977, NANASP is recognized by policy makers and others as an effective advocate for their members and the older adults they serve. NANASP is proud to be a leading organization advocating for community-based senior nutrition programs and their staff. With members from across the United States, we are able to impact local, state and national public policy to maintain and improve the health and well-being of all older persons.
NCBA is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the dignity and enhancing the lives of low income elderly African Americans. As one of the largest minority focused organizations in the United States, NCBA addresses the needs of its constituency in the areas of health, affordable housing and employment. Founded in 1970 to ensure that the particular concerns of elderly minorities would be included during the 1971 White House Conference on Aging, NCBA works to facilitate the sharing of resources, information and experience across a spectrum of policy makers, legislators, advocacy and service organizations to address the issues that impact the quality of life for America's elderly minority population.
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. First established by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) in 1988 as a national elder abuse resource center, the NCEA was granted a permanent home at AoA in the 1992 amendments made to Title II of the Older Americans Act.
NCOA's National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) supports a national network of over 2,000 senior center professionals dedicated to helping older adults remain active, engaged, and independent in their communities. NISC is setting the standard for the future of senior centers through its national accreditation program, cutting-edge research, promising practices, professional development, and advocacy. For more information, please visit www.ncoa.org/nisc. The National Council on Aging in located in Washington, DC.
The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) is the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families and their caregivers. For more than 30 years, NHCOA has been a strong voice dedicated to securing healthy, happy golden years for the nationâ€™s Hispanic older adults. Its vision is a society in which all older adults have access to necessary resources so they can age securely, with dignity, greater self-sufficiency, and in the best possible health. NHCOA accomplishes this mission by integrating research, policy, and practice to tackle the unique challenges Hispanic older adults face as they age, and by educating and empowering them to be better advocates for themselves. At the community level, NHCOA represents a Hispanic Aging Network of 39 community-based organizations across the continental U.S., the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and also maintains a broader network of 7,000 individuals that reaches 10 million Hispanics each year. Nationally, NHCOA engages in advocacy activities to ensure public policy and legislative efforts targeting older Americans are inclusive of the nationâ€™s diverse elder population.
The National Indian Council On Aging, Inc. (NICOA), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1976 by members of the National Tribal Chairmenâ€™s Association that called for a national organization focused on aging American Indian and Alaska Native Elders. The mission of NICOA is to advocate for improved comprehensive health, social services and economic well-being for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.
Founded in 1998, Openhouse is building critically-needed housing, services and community programs to support the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. In April 2008, Openhouse received permission from the City of San Francisco to build at least 88 units of affordable housing with support services that will be welcoming to LGBT seniors. Openhouse is changing the culture all along the continuum of care by training service providers to create welcoming, safe and secure environments for the LGBT clients they currently serve and the many more who need their services. Openhouse offers a wide range of community programs, including discussion groups, art classes, meals, service referrals and social events so that LGBT older adults can come together to form a community and support one another as they age. Openhouse works to ensure that LGBT elders can age with dignity and grace in the place they call home. Openhouse is located in San Francisco, CA.
PHI works to improve the lives of people who need home and residential care—and the lives of the workers who provide that care. Using our workplace and policy expertise, we help consumers, workers, employers, and policymakers improve eldercare and disability services by creating quality direct-care jobs. Our goal is to ensure caring, stable relationships between consumers and workers, so that both may live with dignity, respect, and independence. PHI is located in Bronx, NY.
SEARAC is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. We envision a socially, politically and economically just society for all communities to enjoy for all generations.
“The U.S. Administration on Aging is proud to have played a part in the creation of a Resource Center designed to engage, empower and support mainstream aging providers, LGBT service providers and LGBT older adults. It will help ensure that LGBT elders have the supports they need to successfully age in place.”
—Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
“The American Society on Aging (ASA) has long been active in LGBT aging. For too long, no other aging groups acknowledged that LGBT elders faced different issues—except SAGE, which has always been a leader in direct services and policy. We at ASA are thrilled to partner with SAGE in the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, funded by AoA. It is literally a dream come true.”
—John Feather, PhD, Board Chair, American Society on Aging
“We are pleased and proud to be partnering with SAGE in the first-ever National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. SAGE itself is a national resource, and we are grateful to the Administration on Aging for recognizing the value of advancing knowledge to improve quality of life for LGBT older adults.”
—Marianne C. Fahs, PhD, MPH, Rose Dobrof Co-Director and Research Director, Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity of Hunter College
“LGBT centers and service organizations are an important gateway to an underserved part of our community. Building the capacity of these groups to better serve our LGBT aging community—through the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging—will be vital to our future as a healthy community.”
—TERRY STONE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CENTERLINK
“Including FORGE's Transgender Aging Network in the work of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is a clear statement that the unique needs, concerns and perspectives of transgender older adults will no longer be silenced or ignored. It's an unprecedented step forward.”
—Loree Cook-Daniels, Policy and Program Director, FORGE
“The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging will create visibility for, and amplify the voice of, LGBT elders of color, who live on the margins of society and are, at best, subject to culturally blind services. The center will be a great vehicle for helping health care providers understand their responsibility to this community.”
—Victor Pond, Program Manager, GRIOT Circle
“The LGBT Aging Project was founded to ensure that the needs of LGBT older adults were being met by both aging services providers and LGBT organizations—a goal shared by the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. We are proud to partner with the Center to facilitate positive change to aging systems nationwide to improve the lives of LGBT elders and caregivers.”
—Lisa Krinsky, Director, The LGBT Aging Project
“LGBT aging and overall gains in longevity call for new attention. n4a is partnering with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to provide training and technical assistance to the Aging Network in planning for and in assimilating these new demographics, demands and opportunities.”
—ROBERT MCFALLS, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AREA AGENCIES ON AGING (N4A)
“LGBT older adults have several unique health care, legal and financial details to take into account when planning for retirement and beyond. By providing critical information and tools for LGBT elders and the organizations that care for them, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging will ensure that they can age with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
—Hilary Meyer, Director, National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
Openhouse could not be more proud to partner with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, which will provide critical assistance to individuals, organizations and service providers across the country in our collective effort to promote healthy aging for LGBT older adults. The Center will bring much-needed visibility to a community that has remained hidden and under-served for far too long.”
—Seth Kilbourn, Executive Director, Openhouse
“PHI is very pleased to bring our expertise in adult learner-centered teaching and curriculum development to the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. Our work with SAGE reflects PHI's deeply-held commitment that all elders, including those who are LGBT, should have access to high-quality, relationship-centered services and supports.”
—STEVEN DAWSON, PHI
“The launch of our National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is an enormous step forward for aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. It speaks to the necessary attention that service providers of all types must place on supporting diverse older adults around the country.”
—MICHAEL ADAMS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SERVICES & ADVOCACY FOR GLBT ELDERS (SAGE)
“Diverse elders are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. older adult population, yet also among the most vulnerable in our communities. NHCOA is proud to partner with the first-ever National Resource Center on LGTB Aging to ensure that all diverse older adults, including Hispanic LGBT seniors, have access to the information, services, and resources they need to live their golden years in dignity, good health, and with economic security.”
—Yanira Cruz, President and CEO, National Hispanic Council on Aging
“We are excited to join the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging as a national partner. We are proud to be able to work with SAGE and the other national partners to empower elders and address barriers to healthy aging.”
—Doua Thor, Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
“It's important for all Americans to understand that the quality of life concerns for LGBT seniors still remains bleak. Understanding this, NCBA looks forward to partnering with SAGE and the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to ensure the needs of all seniors are equitably represented at all levels of government.”
—Karyne Jones, President and CEO, National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc.
“We are pleased to partner with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to ensure that all populations of diverse elders are made aware of important resources that assist in aging in a more secure and dignified way.”
—Christine Takada, President and CEO, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging
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