Ensuring quality of life for LGBTQ older adults is critical to Garden State Equality’s mission.
In the next decade, it’s estimated there will be more than five million Americans over the age of fifty who identify as LGBTQ, and studies show the older adult community already experiences unique challenges including isolation poverty, and significant health disparities. Worse, due to a lack of affirming services, many LGBTQ people find themselves going back into the closet.
That’s why we launched our Pledge & Protect program: to confront these issues head-on and build a network of compassionate, inclusive services across every corner of New Jersey.
All of our important work in this area is coming together next month in an exciting educational and professional event:
Through our partnership with Green Hill senior living community, we’re hosting the 2nd Annual LGBTQ Senior Housing & Care Expo—bringing together LGBTQ people and service providers to build more affirming healthcare and environments for senior living.
Whether you are an LGBTQ older adult, a healthcare provider, or work with older adult communities, you will learn about important tools and resources to foster inclusive communities and care.
This year’s expo includes educational seminars on:
- Making the case for LGBTQ senior inclusion
- Healthcare needs and partnerships
- Environment & culture in an LGBTQ senior community
- Cultural competency certification across channels
- Legislative update from Garden State Equality on the NJ LGBTQ Older Adults bill
The LGBTQ Senior Housing & Care Expo is completely free and open to the public. Additionally, a networking lunch is provided to pre-registered participants!
This is just part of our work serving older adults in New Jersey—but it’s one of the most important events each year for us to bring together the community and service providers to build real, lasting change. You won’t want to miss it.
If you want to know more, feel free to reach out. I hope to see you next month.
Health & Wellness Coordinator
Garden State Equality