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Fact Sheets from SAGE and Justice in Aging (October 2016)
These fact sheets can help consumers learn how changes may affect them, whether they are LGBT individuals married to someone of the same sex, or transgender individuals needing to access health care. These fact sheets were produced by Justice in Aging in partnership with SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders), the SHIP National Network (State Health Insurance Assistance Programs), and Administration for Community Living (ACL). 

Project Visibility (August 2016)

“Project Visibility: Person-Centered Care for LGBT Older Adults” is now available 24/7 as a web-based training. This free 30-minute interactive course is designed for managers and employees of nursing and assisted living homes, and home health care agencies. The goal of Project Visibility is to co-create an aging services community that is informed, sensitive to, and supportive of LGBT elders. The course reviews LGBT history and terms, and teaches skills we hope will open the hearts and minds of those caring for this often invisible population.

Introduction to LGBT Aging: What You Need to Know about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults (October 2014)
Tim Johnston, PhD, Manager of Education and Training for SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders), provides an introduction to LGBT aging discussing the culture, needs and concerns of LGBT older adults, why LGBT older adults are less likely to access health and social services and sharing best practices and tools for helping LGBT older adults to feel more included.

Click here to access the presentation slides.

SAGE usually charges for the content of this webinar. Since the content is proprietary, NORC could not record the webinar, but the public version of webinar slides are available.

Policy to Practice: CMS Guidance and Proposed Rules to Ensure Rights of Same-Sex Spouses
CMS has issued guidance and proposed regulatory revisions that provide equal treatment to all spouses, regardless of sex, of a valid marriage, even if the state where the individual lives or receives services does not recognize same sex marriage.  Both the proposed rules and revised language for the State Operations Manual, Appendix PP – Guidance to Surveyors for Long-Term Care Facilities (Appendix PP) were issued December 12, 2014.  This policy to practice brief provides more information and details how ombudsmen can use the new guidance in their advocacy efforts.

Inclusive Questions for Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 
This guide was created to help service providers ask questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in safe and respectful ways. Relying on research, real-world knowledge, and experience, the guide outlines:

  • Why collecting data on LGBT older adults is important for service delivery;
  • How to incorporate sexual orientation and gender identity questions into client forms;and
  • Helpful suggestions for discussing sexual orientation and gender identity with older clients.

This guide is meant to serve as a reference point for administrators, managers and direct service staff to utilize in both daily practice and organizational planning to better engage and serve their LGBT older adult clients.

Residents’ Rights and the LGBT Community: Know Your Rights as a Nursing Home Resident (October 2013)
This factsheet highlights federal residents' rights and nursing home requirements that may be of particular importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents and provides options for complaint resolution, information for reporting abuse and resources regarding long-term care and LGBT advocacy.

Mistreatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Elders (October 2013)
This research brief from the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) details the high risk of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation facing LGBT older adults.  Among its findings are fear of homophobia or transphobia keep LGBT elders from seeking help and services, elder gay men and lesibians place high value on self-sufficiency and may be reluctant to accept help and more.

Inclusive Services for LGBT Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Creating Welcoming Agencies - National Resource Center on LGBT Aging  (March 2012)
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has released a guide entitled, Inclusive Services for LGBT Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Creating Welcoming Agencies.  This guide was created to help providers to understand the unique barriers that LGBT older adults face, as well as the many ways to improve and expand the continuum of care and services available to these older adults.  Written with suggestions, tips and practical ideas from mainstream aging providers in the field, along with SAGE and the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging’s partners.

Visit the Resource Center website to obtain a copy.

Advocating for LGBT Long-Term Care Consumers: Resources for Long-Term Care Ombudsmen (October 2011)
This webinar addressed challenges faced by LGBT long-term care consumers and current initiatives to bridge barriers between consumers, ombudsmen and other advocates. Speakers identified existing resources and models of support for LGBT long-term care consumers and highlighted the importance of ombudsmen advocating on behalf of/with LGBT long-term care consumers.

The webinar included a speaker panel and time for participant question and answer.

Webinar speakers included:

  • Hilary Meyer, Director, National Resource Center on LGBT Aging;
  • Sue, Resident in a Continuing Care Community, Colorado;
  • Eric Carlson, Directing Attorney, National Senior Citizens Law Center; and
  • Jennifer Solms, Ombudsman, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Colorado.

Addressing Health Disparities Among Diverse Older Americans - American Psychological Association/National Gay and Lesbian Task Force 
The American Psychological Association in conjunction with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force held a discussion titled, “Addressing Health Disparities Among Diverse Older Americans” on May 24, 2011. The discussion focused on health disparities among aging Americans, integrating mental health into primary care settings to reduce disparities and the affect of health disparities on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender elders. The research and statistics support the need for increased advocacy and awareness in order to reduce the health disparities present among varying populations of older Americans. James S. Jackson, PhD of the Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan, Patricia A. Arean, PhD a Clinical Psychologist from the University of California, San Francisco and Laurie M. Young, PhD the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force were the distinguished speakers at the presentation.

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to LGBT older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in partnership with 10 leading organizations from around the country.

Stories from the Field: LGBT Older Adults in Long Term Care Facilities
The National Senior Citizens Law Center (now called Justice in Aging), in collaboration with Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), has distributed a survey asking for information on the experiences of LGBT elders in long-term care facilities. Included in the results are hundreds of stories and comments from people who completed the survey. For more information go to www.lgbtlongtermcare.org.

Supporting Direct Care Workers in Caring for Aging Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Individuals (September 2010)
This is the fourth in a series of policy briefs about the direct care workforce in long-term care issued by the Direct Care Alliance (DCA). This series was conceived at a meeting of labor economists, lawyers, long-term care researchers and other experts convened by the DCA and funded by the Russell Sage Foundation.

Information to Share with Consumers


Residents' Rights and the LGBT Community: Know Your Rights as a Nursing Home Resident

Accessing Information on Medicare Benefits for LGBT People

Marriage, Medicare and Medicaid: What Same-Sex Couples Need to Know

Medicare Changes for Transgender Older Adults

 

 

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