Symposium: Aging Successfully: Issues and Needs of LGBTQ+ Older Adults 55+
January 31, 2020

Aging Successfully: Issues and Needs of LGBTQ+ Older Adults Ages 55+

University of Arizona
Environment and Natural Resources Building

1064 E Lowell St
Room S107
Parking is available in UA Sixth Street Garage (1119 E 6th St).
RSVP REQUIRED due to limited seating!
Refreshments, light morning snacks, and lunch will be provided during the symposium. We will do our best to ensure that vegan and gluten-free items are available. If you have any specific requests or concerns, please let us know.

The University of Arizona Institute for LGBT Studies, in collaboration with Southern Arizona Senior Pride and the Pima Council on Aging, is conducting a day long symposium to explore and illuminate the issues of LGBT adults ages 55 and older. The symposium will include national and local experts in LGBT aging, invited representatives of key elder and/or LGBTQ+ services providers in the Tucson/Pima County area, UA faculty, staff, and students, and interested attendees from Southern Arizona. The symposium will inform a community-wide survey of LGBTQ +adults aged 55yrs+ in Pima County to be conducted by the iLGBTS. Survey findings, which will be made publicly available without cost, can be utilized to provide local services, support funding applications, and inform policy makers.

The goal is to promote a positive, resilent and thriving orientation towards LGBTQ+ people as they age. Social and historical LGBTQ+ exclusion and inequality have resulted in significant disparities in support for this goal. Although LGBTQ+ older adults share many of the same issues and needs as other older adults, there are important gaps in knowledge about services needed.

Keynote speaker: Karen Fredriksen Goldsen
8:30am: Coffee and snacks
9am-11:30am: Plenary speaker and plenary panel
11:30am-12pm: Lunch
12pm-4pm: Individual speakers and tabling

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen, is an internationally recognized scholar addressing aging and well-being in resilient LGBT communities. She is Professor and Director of Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. She has conducted key federally funded studies of LGBT older adults and their caregivers. These include Aging with Pride: The National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study, the first national longitudinal study of LGBT midlife and older adult health.

A Plenary Panel follows Dr. Goldsen’s remarks. Panelists include Lavina Tomer, Senior Pride Volunteer Executive Director; Robert Bell, President of the Board of Directors of PCOA; Erin Russ, Director of Programs of Southern Arizona Gender Alliance; Francisco Garcia, MD, of the Pima County Dept. of Health, and Sandra Nathan, Interim Executive Director of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Sally Dodds, PhD, will serve as moderator.

Afternoon speakers include:
Linda Travis, Psy.D – Socialization/Isolation
Ravi Gravois-Shah, MD – Health and Well Being
Beth Morrison of Our Family Services,Welcoming Referrals.
Facilitated Audience Discussion leader is Beth Meyerson, PhD

Topics may include:
• Disparities in services availability, appropriateness, access, and affordability
• Issues unique to gender non-conforming and transgender individuals and families
• Intersectionality and issues of LGBTQ+ older people of color in Southern Arizona
• Problems related to social isolation and needs for community engagement
• Issues of LGBTQ+ older adults in assisted living and extended care facilities, in home and inpatient hospice
• Unique issues and considerations in end-of-life planning
• Caregiving issues of partners, families, and friendship networks
• Demographics and characteristics of LGBTQ+ older adults

The building and room are wheelchair and physical assistive device accessible. There are all gender restrooms available. We ask that all participants please refrain from wearing scents. If you have questions about access or to request any disability-related accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in this event, please contact Sarah Maaske by email or 520-626-7005.

Sponsored by the Institute for LGBT Studies, Southern Arizona Senior Pride, and the Pima Council on Aging.