Aging Diversity

Aging Diversity

Definition

Cultural awareness of diverse populations reduces stereotypes about individuals and groups who are different from ourselves. Being aware transforms the way we think about elders with different nationalities, sexual preferences, and adults with Intellectual and Development Disabilities. Diversity includes LGBT: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, and Transgender.

Colorado Resources

At-Risk Adult Colorado Mandatory Reporting Laws Address Abuse and Neglect of Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled  •  303-722-0300
disabilitylawco.org

At-Risk Adult Colorado Mandatory Reporting Laws Address Abuse and Neglect of Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled. www.disabilitylawco.org. As of July 1, 2016, both Senate Bill 15-109 and HB16-1394 became law. SB 15-109 concerning Mandatory Reporting of Mistreatment Against an Adult with a Disability. For more information call Disability Law Colorado 1-800-288-1376 or 303-722-0300. All lines voice/TTY.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays-Denver Chapter (PFLAG)
pflagdenver.org  •  303-573-5861

PFLAG serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals’ population and their families. This website provides links to other organizations supporting the LGBT population in Denver, Colorado and throughout the United States. PFLAF also provides immediate support from trained volunteers-members. Call 303-573-5861.

Project Visibility
projectvisibility.org

Project Visibility is a program of the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging. The program’s goal is to co-create an aging services community that is informed, sensitive to and supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders. Project Visibility: Person-centered Care for LGBT Older Adults, is a 30-minute, web-based interactive course available 24/7 and designed for; managers and employees of nursing homes, assisted living homes and home health care agencies. Viewers will learn the simple, necessary steps to ensure their services or agencies are LGBT inclusive. Project Visibility LIVE Training and Materials included a 21-minute and PowerPoint or abridged 13-minute film in which courageous lesbians, gays, and transgender people speak about; their lives, their strengths, wishes and concerns about the aging services network. Project Visibility also provides information about adult protection, senior services, caregiving support, long term care and much more.

National Resources

Alzheimer’s Association
alz.org  •  1-800-272-3900

Resources include a brochure titled “Lgbt Caregiver Concerns: Important Considerations for LGBT Caregivers”, providing information about disclosing one’s sexuality, advance directives such as durable power of attorney for health care, living will and accessing quality health care. The Alzheimer’s Association is available through their 24/7 Helpline, 1-800-272-3900.

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
lgbtagingcenter.org

The Center was the first technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and support offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. The Center provides trainings, articles, and news events to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. Resource topics include elder abuse, Alzheimer’s/dementia, support for caregivers, general issues of aging and much more.

Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE)
SAGEusa.org

SAGE connects LGBT older adults to innovative services and programs to include but not limited to; cultural programs, employment, health services, and trains aging service providers and LGBT organizations. Focusing on; economic, social and health issues, SAGE advocates for public policies at all level of government to improve the lives of LGBT older adults.

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