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08/02/2018

Wolf Administration Announces Registration for Pennsylvania’s Inaugural LGBTQ Aging Summit Now Open

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Aging announced today that the registration for Pennsylvania’s Inaugural LGBTQ Aging Summit is now open. The summit will be held on October 9-10, 2018, in Harrisburg, PA, and is occurring as a result of grassroots efforts made by numerous LGBTQ and senior advocacy groups.

“As we developed Pennsylvania’s 2016-2020 State Plan on Aging, we heard from many stakeholders who were calling for increased cultural competency, a better focus on serving diverse and hard-to-reach populations, and overall improvement of awareness and access to services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer older Pennsylvanians and their caregivers,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. “We intend for this summit to serve as the catalyst to connect the aging services network directly with the LGBTQ senior community so that together we can help drive much needed change to better serve this population.” 

To plan for the summit, the Department partnered with numerous LGBTQ and aging stakeholders including, LGBT Elder Initiative, SAGE, the PA Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the PA Department of Health, AARP Pennsylvania, PERSAD Center, Trans Central PA, PA Homecare Association, Action Wellness, Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice of Central PA, William Way LGBT Community Center, LGBT Center of Central PA, SEIU Healthcare PA, and more.

"The Summit will present a great opportunity for LGBTQ older Pennsylvanians to directly engage with the provider networks responsible for caring for us as we grow older,” said LGBT Elder Initiative Founder Heshie Zinman. “By bringing together LGBTQ older adult communities and aging services providers, we have the opportunity to better understand barriers to accessing services and to develop strategies that will improve the care of our LGBTQ seniors statewide." 

In addition to coordinating the first statewide LGBTQ aging summit, the Department of Aging is represented on Governor Wolf’s LGBT Workgroup, has held training sessions to improve cultural competency inside aging services for LGBTQ older adults, and participated in roundtable discussions to hear directly from the LGBTQ community on how to better meet their needs.

“The Wolf Administration is committed to ensuring that all older Pennsylvanians can age in place with the dignity and respect they deserve,” said Secretary Osborne. “We are grateful for the support of those serving on our summit planning committee whose insight and experience is helping to enhance knowledge of the LGBTQ senior landscape in our state and facilitate change in existing systems.”

To learn more about Pennsylvania’s Inaugural LGBTQ Aging Summit or to register your attendance, visit ltltrainingpa.org. To learn more about the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, visit aging.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Drew Wilburne 717-705-3702

 

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