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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2010

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SAGE Launches National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to Improve Supports for LGBT Older Adults

Historic new center will ensure that aging providers around the country are equipped to meet the needs of LGBT older adults.

[NEW YORK, NY] Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the world's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults, today launched its historic National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults nationwide.

"The launch of our National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is an enormous step forward for our 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," said Michael Adams, executive director at SAGE.

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging will connect aging providers and LGBT organizations around the country with technical assistance, training and key resources to support LGBT older adults.

Central to the Resource Center is the unveiling of its web site, which over time will grow into a highly interactive, multimedia site that will equip LGBT older adults and their loved ones with information on legal issues, caregiving, lifelong planning and housing, among other areas.

"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," said Hilary Meyer, director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.

In February 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a grant to SAGE—and its 10 national partners—to establish the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.

"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," said Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SAGE's 10 organizational partners on the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging include: the American Society on Aging; the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity, Hunter College; CenterLink (the national association of LGBT community centers); FORGE Transgender Aging Network; GRIOT Circle; The LGBT Aging Project; the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a); the National Institute of Senior Centers (National Council on Aging); Openhouse and PHI (a national training expert).

To learn more about the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, please visit lgbtagingcenter.org.

Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. SAGE has pioneered programs and services for the aging LGBT community, provided technical assistance and training to expand opportunities for LGBT older people across the country, and provided a national voice on LGBT aging issues. In 2005, SAGE became the first official LGBT delegate at the White House Conference on Aging. In 2010, SAGE was awarded a three-year $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration on Aging to seed the creation of the nation's only National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. Learn more at sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org.

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The launch of our National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is an enormous step forward for our 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.