Project Visibility

Project Visibility is a training program developed in 2004 by Boulder County Aging Services, after the agency conducted extensive focus groups with area LGBT elders. These seniors wondered which service providers were “safe and friendly” and feared many could be unwelcoming, even hostile. The goal of Project Visibility is to co-create an aging services community that is informed, sensitive to, and supportive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender elders. The training is designed for administrators and staff of nursing homes, assisted living residences, home care agencies, and other senior service providers, as well as the friends and families of LGBT elders.

View the Project Visibility Trailer


Why Project Visibility?

Lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) elders are four times less likely to have children, and twice as likely to live alone, yet are five times less likely to access senior services than their heterosexual peers. This lack of support increases the risk of depression, substance abuse, unnecessary institutionalization and premature death. (source: SAGEUSA.org) Currently, it is estimated that 1-3 million Americans over 65 are LGBT. As the baby boomers age, this number will reach 3-7 million by 2030.

Training

Participants in a Project Visibility training will view a 21-minute award-winning film in which courageous LGBT speak about their lives, their strengths, wishes, and concerns about the aging services network. The film’s intention is to educate, counter stereotypes and develop compassionate care for all LGBT persons as they age.

An accompanying manual provides history, background information, terminology, resources, and practical suggestions for providing culturally-competent care and service. Trainees will learn the simple necessary steps to insure that their service or agency is LGBT inclusive, plus a special listing in the next edition of Silver Lining, the resource directory for LGBT elders in Boulder County.

In Boulder County, based on the number of older adults in the area, we estimate that there over 3,200 LGBTs that are 60 years or older.

Senior Scene LGBT Elders by Serene Karplus

 

2014 Boulder County (Colorado) Training Schedule

General Trainings: 8:45am check-in, 9am-noon

Wednesday, April 16:

Conference Room, Lafayette Senior Center
103 S. Iowa Ave., Lafayette CO 80026

Thursday, June 19th:

Longmont Senior Center
910 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont CO 80501

Thursday, September 18th:

Clerk & Recorder, Houston Room
1750 33rd St., Boulder CO

Special events, times vary:

March 13, 8:00am:

“Project Visibility Training in a Box” at the 2014 American Society on Aging Conference, San Diego, CA. Presented by Nancy Grimes and Katie Wade.
Date to be announced: “Train the Trainer” Learn to conduct Project Visibility trainings. Open to anyone who has taken the General Training.

Presented by:

Boulder County Area Agency on Aging

To Register:

Email or call 303-441-3583 no later than noon the day prior.

For further information on Project Visibility or to request a free, customized, in-house training, please contact infoLGBTelders@bouldercounty.org. Trainings can be as short as 30 minutes or as long as 3 hours.

Other Colorado General Trainings

DENVER AREA:
May 29 and October 24, 9am-12noon

DRCOG, 1290 Broadway, Suite 700, Denver
Presented by Jennifer A. Solms, MSW, Ombudsman, DRCOG Area Agency on Aging
To register: jsolms @drcog.org or call 303-480-6796

LARIMER COUNTY:

Contact Katie Stieber with City of Ft. Collins Recreation: kstieber@fcgov.com (970) 224-6029

How to Order the Easy-to-Use Project Visibility Training Materials:

  • $65 for set of two Project Visibility training DVDs (13-min. and 21-min. versions) plus Participant Manual and Inclusive Space signs, inc. shipping and handling
  • $75 for 4GB flash drive with 2-min. trailer, 13-min. and 21-min. films for Mac and PC. Electronic versions of the Training Manual, Train-the-Trainer Manual, PowerPoint, and Inclusive Space signs. Hard copy of the Training Manual and Inclusive Space signs.
  • $125 Complete Package: flash drive, set of two DVDs, and hard copies of the Training Manual, Train-the-Trainer Manual, and Inclusive Space signs. 

Make your check or money order payable to:

Aging Services Foundation of Boulder County.
Mail to: Boulder County Aging Services Division
Attn: LGBT Programs
PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306

Be sure to enclose complete contact information.

Project Visibility is the winner of two national awards:

  • The 2006 n4a (National Association of Area Agencies on Aging) Aging Innovation Awards for Ethnic and Cultural Diversity
  • The 2006 NACo (National Association of Counties) Innovation Achievement Award

Project Visibility is a program of Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, ©2014 www.projectvisibility.org
Project Visibility was developed by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, a county government organization in Boulder County, Colorado. Project Visibility is funded and supported in part by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging; Aging Services Foundation of Boulder County; David Ensign Charitable Fund; and Open Door Fund of the Community Foundation of Boulder County.


Contacts

Boulder County Area
Agency on Aging

303-441-3570
Email

Location

Sundquist Building
3482 Broadway Street
Boulder, CO 80304

Map and directions
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F

 

Mailing Address

Boulder Aging Services Division
PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306

 

 

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