LGBT Elders Initiative and ElderSource

As part of its mission to ensure all sectors of the aging population have access to resources and support, ElderSource created an initiative to increase the awareness and support of the needs lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) elders as they age.

“The challenges of our aging population, in and of itself, could be daunting,” said Linda Levin, executive director of ElderSource. “Then toss in the added fear and unknown of how you might be treated because you are gay or lesbian, only increases the chance that these people will not get the care they need, or worse yet, isolate themselves completely from society.”

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders are even more isolated as they fear how they may be treated by other older adults or by providers of care. Many remain isolated or go into isolation as they age and therefore don’t access the services and benefits available to them.

LGBT Elder Friendly Business Certification Program

Every day 10,000 people turn 65. Estimates suggest that there are more than three million LGBT people age 55 and older in the United States and this number will double in the next two decades.

LGBT Elders are five times less likely to access much needed support and services for fear of abuse and discrimination. In response to the need for LGBT elders to have access to safe and LGBT friendly resources, ElderSource Institute is offering organizations the opportunity to become certified as LGBT Elder Friendly Businesses. Certified businesses will serve as direct referral sources by the ElderSource Helpline to LGBT elders, their families and caregivers.

Ensure your business practices, services and enviornment are inclusive for aging LGBT adults. Become a part of a growing resource connecting LGBT elders to safe community resources.

Click here for a short video about the LGBT Elder Friendly Business Certification Program 

Here’s a list of a few current LGBT Elder Friendly Certified Businesses:

For more information please contact Linda Levin at

Linda.Levin@myeldersource.org

You can also click here to visit ElderSource Institute’s website

LGBT Elder Cultural Competency TrainingESI tm VERT RGB

Through the ElderSource Institute, the educational and training arm of ElderSource, now offers the LGBT Elder Cultural Competency Training, a 90 minute training specifically designed with a focus on LGBT elders and helping service providers to understand their needs and how to be sensitive in the delivery of services.

ElderSource received a grant from The LGBT Community Fund at the Community Foundation to continue its work on behalf of LGBT seniors.

Click here to take the training NOW!

The ElderSource mission and focus is to connect caregivers and seniors to the resources they need as they age, without discrimination based on gender, religion, sexual orientation, race, sexual preference or gender identity. ElderSource created an initiative designed to increase the awareness of the needs of LGBT elders as they age.

The training is supported by a grant from the LGBT Community Fund at the Community Foundation.

ElderSource Institute was formed in 2015 as the educational and training arm of our parent company, ElderSource. We participate in collaborative partnerships to provide training, education, evidence-based programming, and resources for older adults, caregivers, people serving older adults, as well as people who care about their own aging. Leveraging our leadership and expertise, ElderSource Institute supports professionals in being better informed and more proactive in responding to the needs of people as they age.

Organization’s Mission Statement: ElderSource Institute provides access to the most trusted resources, expert knowledge and local networks on all matters of aging

Call today about our LGBT Elder Cultural Competency Training – 888.242.4464

Visit eldersourceinstitute.org for more information

 

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