National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
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The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

December 1, 2010 — By By DUTTON & CASEY, P.C. — ELDER LAW UPDATE

I recently posted on another subgroup of the older adult population, Holocaust survivors, and it got me thinking about what groups of seniors may need additional resources that are specific to their needs and the unique obstacles they are facing as they age. Getting older is hard enough as it is, but members of the LGBT community often face additional complications because of the lack of relevant, informative resources that are available to them. Creating communities, whether in-person or online, can help shine some light on these issues, relieve the feelings of isolation and frustration that can occur when resources are lacking, and point LGBT seniors, LGBT organizations, and aging providers in the right direction when it comes to exploring new and emerging topics that are impacting the lives of LGBT elders.

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
The National Resource Center on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Aging is the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and LGBT older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. For more information, please see http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org

Their plan for the next year is to construct a web site that will house a variety of resources for aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults, including:
• Searchable, up-to-date publications across the many issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults nationwide—from housing to caregiving, from HIV/AIDS to racial and economic inequities, and much, much more
• An interactive state-by-state map that connects LGBT older adults with vital resources in their states and local communities
• Online training and technical assistance for service providers, the aging network and LGBT organizations about the best ways to support LGBT older adults
• Detailed best practices from professionals in different parts of the country that describe how they successfully crafted programs for LGBT older adults
• Our Stories, Our Lives—an evolving story booth that portrays the personal conditions facing LGBT older individuals in all parts of the country
• A directory of organizations and programs that explicitly serve LGBT older adults and can guide other groups interested in forming similar programs
• A growing, interactive library of multi-media resources for adults with different learning styles, including videos, slideshows, audio and other media formats
• Q&A commentaries with leading experts in the field, exploring new and emerging topics that are impacting the lives of LGBT elders
• Opportunities to share, rate and contribute the content that’s placed on this web site, making it a resource that’s created by the communities it serves

For more information and additional resources for older adults and their families, visit the website of elder law firm Dutton & Casey, P.C. at www.duttonelderlaw.com.


"Getting older is hard enough as it is, but members of the LGBT community often face additional complications because of the lack of relevant, informative resources that are available to them."