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LGBT Older Adults Training Materials - National LGBT Health Education Center
LGBT Older Adults

LGBT Older Adults


LGBT Older Adults

LGBT Health Disparities & Hypertension Control Opportunities with the American Heart Association

Originally Presented On: April 19, 2018

This webinar will educate providers about LGBT health disparities and introduce providers to the American Heart Association’s hypertension control efforts and Target Blood Pressure program. Target BP is a national collaboration between the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association to reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health service organizations and patients to prioritize blood pressure control.

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HIV and STI Prevention among LGBTQ People

Originally Presented On: November 26, 2018

Faculty: Kevin Ard, MD, MPH

Date/Time: Monday, November 26, 2018 2pm-3pm ET

Faculty: Kevin Ard, MD, MPH

Rates of sexually-transmitted infections are increasing in the United States, and these infections disproportionately burden LGBTQ people. In addition, transgender women and gay and bisexual men continue to face high burdens of HIV infection. This clinically-focused webinar will highlight state-of-the-art approaches to HIV and STI prevention for LGBTQ people, ranging from well-established interventions such as pre-exposure prophylaxis and vaccinations to novel strategies, including antibiotic post-exposure prophylaxis for STIs.

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LGBT Aging: Change, Challenge and Resilience

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 24, 2019; 1pm – 2pm ET
Faculty: Lisa Krinsky, MSW, LICSW, Director, LGBT Aging Project; Alex Keuroghlian, MPH, MD, Director, National LGBT Health Education Center; Christine Riedy, Chair, Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
LGBT identified older adults face unique challenges with regards to medical care, end-of-life care, social support, mental health, and more. In this webinar we will discuss the specific issues that impact the health and well-being of LGBT older adults, and advise providers on how best to support this population.

Originally Presented On: April 24, 2019

Faculty: Lisa Krinsky, MSW, LICSW; Alex Keuroghlian, MD, MPH; Christine Riedy, PhD, MPH

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Addressing Opioid Use Disorders among LGBT People through Trauma-informed Care and Behavioral Health Integration

Dr. Keuroghlian will describe the epidemiology of opioid use disorders in the LGBT population, while identifying LGBT subpopulations at increased risk. He will then discuss best practices in addressing opioid use disorders among LGBT people.

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LGBT Aging 101: What You Need To Know About Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Older Adults and Caregivers

Originally Presented On: May 10, 2017

Faculty: Lisa Krinsky, LICSW, Director of the Aging Project, The Fenway Institute

Mainstream service providers have limited knowledge of the psychosocial, cultural and economic issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults and caregivers.
This presentation introduces participants to the unique issues facing this often invisible and underserved population and provides models for programmatic initiatives as well as practice skills for enhancing professional capacity to effectively serve LGBT older adults and caregivers.

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LGBT Aging: Addressing Disparities and Health Care Needs

Originally Presented On: January 22, 2013

Faculty: Mark Simone-Skidmore, MD, Associate Program Director-Primary Care, Mt Auburn Internal Medicine Residency Program, Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Mount Auburn Hospital

Sponsors: National LGBT Health Education Center and SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders)

Having coped with a lifetime of discrimination and stigma, LGBT older adults face unique barriers to accessing sensitive and effective health care and services. This webinar, led by geriatrician and educator Mark Simone-Skidmore, MD, familiarized participants with the major clinical and psychosocial issues facing LGBT older adults, and offered recommended ways that health centers and other health care agencies can provide culturally sensitive care in an inclusive environment to aging LGBT patients. This webinar was the first in a three-part series on LGBT aging co-sponsored by the National LGBT Health Education Center and SAGE.

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Care of the Older Adult with HIV Infection

Originally Presented On: October 28, 2015

Faculty: Howard Libman, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Director, HIV Program, Healthcare Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Sponsors: The National LGBT Health Education Center and The National Center for Innovation in HIV Care

People with HIV infection are living longer than ever thanks to effective antiretroviral therapy and improved chronic disease care. However, older adults living with HIV have a higher incidence of coronary artery disease, and they contract cancers of the lung, liver, and anus at younger ages. In addition, HIV infection and its treatment have been associated with premature bone loss. In this webinar, Dr. Howard Libman, the Director of the HIV Program in Healthcare Associates at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, will provide an overview of the care of older adults living with HIV infection and describe strategies for people working in health centers, AIDS service organizations, and other settings to improve management of comorbidities in in this population.

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LGBT Aging: Social Supports, Outreach, and Policy

Originally Presented On: February 6, 2013

Faculty: Manuel A. Eskildsen, MD, MPH, CMD, AGSF, Medical Director of Long-Term Care, Wesley Woods Center of Emory University; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics, Emory University School of Medicine; and Hilary Meyer, JD, Director, National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), New York, NY

Sponsors: National LGBT Health Education Center and SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders)

LGBT older adults have unique psychosocial needs, including differing social support networks, family structures, risk for isolation, and resiliency. This webinar, led by Hilary Meyer, and Dr. Manuel Eskildsen, summarized relevant research on these issues, and familiarized health care providers and administrators with the services and programs available to address these needs. The speakers also explained how current policies affect the lives and health outcomes of LGBT older adults. This webinar was the second in a three-part series on LGBT aging co-sponsored by the National LGBT Health Education Center and SAGE.

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Caring for LGBT Older Adults

This module aims to bring recognition to the presence of LGBT elders (age 65+), a group which is often overlooked. The module illustrates the unique medical, psychological, and social service needs of LGBT older adults, and gives recommendations for how clinicians can adequately address the needs of this group.

This module will:

  1. Explain how social and historical factors have affected the health of older LGBT adults.
  2. Describe the medical and behavioral health care needs and concerns specific to LGBT older adults.
  3. Identify the enabling services, outreach, and community support needs of LGBT older adults.
  4. List ways to offer services that are affirming, welcoming, and appropriate.

This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.0 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

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LGBT Older Adult Resources

Services and Advocacy For GLBT Elders (SAGE)

SAGE offers resources, trainings, and news and events related to the betterment of LGBT older adults, a vibrant and often dangerously overlooked community. The organization aims to prepare both aging providers and LGBT organizations with the knowledge needed to support someone with these intersecting identities, and offers consumer resources to empower LGBT older adults to advocate for themselves. SAGE hosts the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, which is the country’s only technical resource center on this topic.

Improving The Lives of LGBT Older Adults

A report co-authored by the LGBT Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE), offering an overview of challenges facing LGBT elders, and an in-depth exploration of pertinent financial, health, and social matters for this population. The publication also offers recommendations for change on multiple levels.

Outing Age 2010: Public Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elders

An extensive publication written by Jaime M. Grant of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, addressing such issues among the LGBT older adult population as financial and family security, health, caregiving, social isolation, housing, civic engagement, and elders in the workplace.

SAGE Annual Report 2015

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders’ annual report on the impact of their programs and the state of support for LGBT older people in 2015. Includes a financial summary for the fiscal year, and anticipated steps moving forward for the organization.