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Pledge and Protect

Pledge and Protect serves the needs of LGBT older adults. Recent estimates show that between 5.2 and 9.5 million adults in the U.S. identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. By 2030, LGBT adults ages 50 and older will number more than 5 million.

Due to unique challenges faced by this population, LGBT Older adults are at greater risk for social isolation, loneliness, health issues, and poverty. LGBT older adults are less likely to have children to rely on for care and are more likely to live alone compared to heterosexual adults. LGBT older adults are also more likely to live in poverty compared to heterosexual older adults.

To support LGBT older adults as they age, Garden State Equality has many workshops and programs to offer. These workshops are FREE and can be tailored to the needs of your facility.

 

Workshops and Presentations for LGBT Older Adults  

The Greying of HIV/AIDS
(Older Adults)
We offer competency trainings for older adults about HIV/AIDS. People over the age of 50 account for 47% of Americans living diagnosed with HIV. Disparities for LGBT people are even greater, and older adults need to understand the scope of HIV/AIDS and ways to prevent it. Training includes the history of HIV/AIDS, current prevention and care methods, as well as recommendations and resources for combating this issue.

Preparation for Aging
(Older Adults)
Many older adults are aging without a plan in place. Issues around caretaking, power of attorney, wills, and other legal issues begin to come up and many older adults are unprepared to tackle these issues. This preparation workshop will help LGBT older adults to start thinking about a plan that is tailored to their needs.

Know Your Rights Training
(Older Adults)
Many older LGBT adults have experienced a lifetime of discrimination and harassment. This training is dedicated to teaching LGBT older adults the tools necessary to advocate for their rights in housing, accessibility, healthcare, and employment. Knowing your rights can empower individuals to stand up for what is right.

Senior Flick: Gen Silent + Discussion of LGBT Aging Issues
(Older Adults)
Garden State Equality has the rights to the critically acclaimed documentary Gen Silent. Gen Silent follows the lives of six LGBT older adults and their experience in surviving the care system as they age. LGBT older adults that fought hard to be able to come out of the closet, are now going back in to survive. GSE can come to your organization to show this film, followed by a discussion of LGBT aging issues.

Jeopardy: LGBT History
(Older Adults)
Garden State Equality can come to your organization for a fun game of Jeopardy. This game will cover history of the LGBT movement, activists, resources, and more.

LGBT Caregiver Mental Health Workshop
(Caregivers)
This workshop is for LGBT caregivers who may have neglected their own mental health status while providing care for their loved one. This training covers tips on self-care, mindfulness, and  resources to help support caregivers.

 

Workshops and Presentations for LGBT Older Adult Service Providers

Assistance with Forms
(Administrators/Healthcare Professionals/Social Services)
We can help you create an LGBT-affirming and inclusive space by updating organizational forms and policies for LGBT patients, reviewing techniques to modify procedures, behavior, and language to be inclusive.

LGBT Older Adult Social Service Provider Competency Training
(Administrators/Healthcare Professionals/Social Services)
This workshop is for any older adult service providers including but not limited to older adult living communities, senior centers, adult day cares, community centers, and more. This workshop will cover LGBT terminology, basics of sexual orientation and gender identity/gender expression, social inequalities, and health disparities specific to LGBT older adults. This training will also cover policies and laws in NJ. We will work with your facility to create a more inclusive place for all people.

Transgender 101 Workshop
(Administrators/Healthcare Professionals/Social Services)
This training will touch upon LGBT older adult issues but will focus primarily on transgender terminology, proper pronoun usage, health disparities, implications for providers, and ways to make your organization more diverse and inclusive for transgender individuals.

The Greying of HIV/AIDS
(Administrators/Healthcare Professionals/Social Services)
We offer competency trainings for providers about HIV/AIDS and its effect on LGBT older adults. People over the age of 50 account for 47% of Americans living diagnosed with HIV. Disparities for LGBT people are even greater, and older adult facilities need to provide competent services and assistance to help combat HIV/AIDS. Training includes the history of HIV/AIDS, current prevention and care methods, as well as recommendations and resources for combating this issue at organizational, community, and policy levels.

 

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