Aging with Dignity Resources

Organizations

SAGE

Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders
see SAGENET list of 28 local national affiliates
305 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
212-741-2247

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (coordinates with SAGE)

212-741-2247

American Society on Aging

415-974-9600 or 800-537-9728
check the LGBT Aging Issue Network (LAIN)

National Center for Transgender Equality

202-642-4542

Family Caregiver Alliance

800-445-8106

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

Lambda Legal

AARP

search LGBT

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

Offers a healthcare provider directory

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change

A national organization seeking to empower lesbians 60+ to fight ageism

Prime Timers

LGBT Aging Project (Boston)

LGBT Elder Initiative (Philadelphia)

Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

An Area Agency on Aging is a public or private non-profit agency, designated by the state to address the needs and concerns of all older persons at the regional and local levels.  “Area Agency on Aging” is a generic term – specific names of local AAA’s may vary.  AAA’s coordinate and offer services that help older adults remain in their homes – if that is their preference – aided by such services as home delivered meals, homemaker assistance, and whatever else it may take to make independent living a viable option.  To find your local AAA:  www.eldercare.acl.gov

Publications

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Caregivers in the LGBT Community

Found on the AARP website

LGBT Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities: Stories from the Field,

download at the National Center for Lesbian Rights website.

The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project offers guidelines and tools for initiating discussion on personal wishes for end-of-life care.

Film

Gen Silent (2011)

follows the lives of six LGBT seniors living in the Boston area who must choose if they will hide their sexuality in order to survive in the long-term health care system.  If your local library carries the film, you may be able to live-stream it using the app Kanopy.

Books

The Gift of Years: Growing  Old Gracefully,  Sister Joan Chittister,  BlueBridge, (2008)
Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We Age, Mary Pipher, Bloomsbury Publishing (2019).   Written for women growing older but good reading for all older adults.

Aging with Dignity caucus facilitators

Patrick Journet, (Dignity/Pittsburgh & D/USA board member) patrickj@dignityusa.org
Jon Schum (Dignity/Boston) jonpschum@gmail.com