Senior Services is offering a one-day training session, Improving Aging Services for LGBTQ Elders, based on the curriculum set by the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (NRC). The training is targeted toward social/community workers or others involved in social outreach and networking person who would like to improve their own engagement with the LGBTQ elder community. Anyone interested in the topic is welcome to participate.
This eight-hour training will include education and implementation components relative to improving aging services for LGBTQ elders. Those in attendance will be guided through understanding some of the particular nuances around:
- The culture, needs, and concerns of LGBTQ older adults;
- Identifying health disparities between LGBTQ older adults and those who are not LGBTQ;
- Implementing practices for helping LGBTQ older adults to feel more included in aging network organizations;
- Reviewing and changing your policies, practices, procedures, and forms to be more inclusive;
- Practice using role playing and dialogue to support inclusion and address bias.
According to the organization’s website: “Senior Services envisions a just society where aging adults and those who care about them can live their best lives. In our healthy community, empowered elders who need help will know where to find information, advice and support. Those who can will offer support and experience a greater sense of purpose as they connect with meaningful service opportunities. We are building programs that include and engage older people and those who love them in an interdependent community. A special responsibility for bringing this vision to reality is ours as the premier provider, promoter and champion for improving the lives of older adults.”
The statement continued, “Senior Services is the most comprehensive non-profit agency serving older adults and their loved ones in Washington State. Established in 1967, we promote positive aging for nearly 70,000 seniors and those who care for them in King County through our integrated system of quality programs and senior centers. More than 3,300 volunteers, together with 250 employees, make our work possible and efficient.”
The training will take place October 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Senior Services, Lillian Rice Building (2208 Second Avenue, Seattle). The cost to participate is $25 and includes lunch. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include dietary exclusions with registration. Questions may be directed to Marxa Marnia, M.E.S., Staff Training and Development Coordinator at 206.268.6705 or via email at email@example.com.