Presented by the Philadelphia-based LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI), a workshop entitled “The Aging Mind 101” will be presented Sat., April 20, Noon to 2 p.m. at St. Luke and the Epiphany, 330 S. 13th St., Philadelphia.
The program is part of the Initiative’s LGBTEI Conversations Series and is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive issues present unique challenges to members of LGBT) communities as they age. The workshop will address healthy aging and techniques for maintaining mental abilities, warning signs of disease states, the psychosocial implications for the patient, and issues facing their caregivers.
Presenters include representatives from Penn Memory Center, Mazzoni Center, Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Coping with diminished mental capabilities, or taking care of someone experiencing that loss, is difficult in any circumstance. For LGBT older adults, the impact is more severe. More LGBT older adults live alone than do members of the general public. Because of stigma, prejudice and intolerance, many LGBT people do not seek care. Support from biological family members is often not an option and families of choice are usually of the same age group and dealing with their own health issues. Additionally, LGBT people are often called upon to be caregivers for their aging parents. Whether caring for parents, partners or friends, the stress is at times overwhelming. Coping mechanisms and resources will be presented as part of the workshop.
The LGBTEI, headquartered in Philadelphia, fosters and advocates for services and resources that are competent, culturally sensitive, inclusive and responsive to the needs of LGBT older adults. The LGBTEI is presenting this program as part of a collaborative effort of the LGBTEI; Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter; Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE); Circle of Friends; Penn Memory Center; Social Solutions; William Way Community Center; and the Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties area agencies on aging.