Public Health-Dayton and Montgomery County is holding its first-ever conference for local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents focused on aging.
Conference organizers say the event will focus on ways to recognize and remove barriers to quality healthcare and other services.
The summit is on Feb. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. at the Sinclair Community College Conference Center in Dayton.
“For the first time in America we have a growing population of older LGBT people who have lived quite openly when they were younger,” said the Public Health’s LGBTQ Health Initiatives Project Manager Jerry Mallicoat. “As they age and need support services, these individuals often face bias, stigma, and discrimination from healthcare and other service providers that might not care for older LGBT adults in a way that is both culturally-competent and sensitive to their needs.
“Sometimes, older LGBT people feel the need to hide their identity when receiving necessary services, and we need to avoid that happening so they can live affirmed lives as they age.”
The conference features a screening of “Gen Silent” that showcases the challenges older LGBT individuals seeking help and support as they age. The film’s producer will be in attendance.
“This event is really about building community,” said Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, executive director of United Church Homes’ Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging. “United Church Homes wants to open people’s eyes and hearts to the challenges older LGBT adults face, and drive collaborative solutions that nurture their personal and spiritual needs as they age.”
Keynote speakers and area professional groups in attendance include those from AARP, University of California San Francisco, Wright State University, Miami University, the Public Health Department of Dayton and Montgomery County and others.
There will be 18 different sessions that cover healthcare and social justice issues for LGBT older adults. Topics can include but aren’t limited to affordable senior living, transgender aging, hospice care and Social Security.
Dayton’s Rubi Girls social justice drag troupe and the Dayton Men’s Chorus will make appearances.
Those professionals, LGBT community members and college students who wish to attend the summit both days will pay $20 per day that includes breakfast and lunch. Professionals that would like continuing education credits will pay an admission of $150 for both days or $75 for one day. This includes breakfast and lunch.
You can also contact Dan Suffoletto at the Public Health Department at 937-224-3892 or Alissa Paollelo at 740-692-2243 for more information.
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