LGBT Elders and their Caregivers: Thriving in a Challenging World

Description:  LGBT older adults are at increased risk for isolation and harm due to misunderstanding, discrimination and bias about sexual orientation and gender identity.  Family caregiving takes on additional facets in the LGBT community because most older LGBT people do not have children and some are alienated from their families of origin and may have non-traditional networks of caregivers.  The risk can be greater for those who identify as transgender or HIV+.  Family caregivers must have a solid basic understanding of sexual minorities and gender diversity in order to deliver appropriate care for each individual.  Likewise, LGBT caregivers can often be outside the traditional family structures, and their expectations and needs also must be respected as they advocate for their loved ones.  This session will provide basic education about sexual orientation and gender identity, highlight some of the different issues that older LGBT adults face, and explore unique LGBT caregiver situations and experiences.

Presenter:  Jerry Mallicoat is the co-founder of Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton, the only organization in southwest Ohio devoted exclusively to serving older LGBTQ adults; and he leads LGBTQ Health Initiatives for Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County.  He regularly conducts LGBTQ cultural competence education sessions for a variety of audiences across the Miami Valley, and leads community coalitions to plan and implement successful education conferences and seminars.

Registration Deadline:  October 20.  Click on REGISTER below to reserve your spot today.  Not familiar with Zoom?  Join a brief orientation session at 1:30 p.m., before the presentation begins.

Date: October 27, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Zoom link to be provided upon confirmation of registration.

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