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: 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.


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


2015 Boulder County (Colorado) Training Schedule

General Trainings are now offered in two sessions. Those new to Project Visibility may sign up for just Part 1 or both Parts 1 and 2. Part 2 offers a chance to delve deeper into these concepts and is open to those who have taken Part 1 or a Project Visibility training in the past. There is no charge. Part 1, 10:00am-noon; Part 2, 1:00-3:00pm


Thursday, January 29:

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

Thursday, March 26:

Prairie Room, Boulder County Parks and Open Space
5201 St. Vrain Rd, Longmont

Thursday, June 11:

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

Tuesday, September 8th:

Longmont Senior Center
910 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont

Visibility General Training, Denver CO

Thursday, April 2nd:

GLBT Community Center of Colorado
1301 E. Colfax, Denver CO 80218

Special events, times vary:

Creating Change Conference, Sheraton Downtown Denver
Sat. Feb. 7, Elders Hospitality Suite lunch presentation
Join Leslie McCormick and Nancy Grimes for a lunch discussion of how the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging pioneered the inclusion of LGBT elders in its outreach. Optional: view Project Visibility film.
For conference info, see:

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: or call 303-441-4518 no later than noon two days prior.

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


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

  • $100 for a flash drive consisting of a 2-minute Project Visibility trailer, 13-min. and 21-min.versions of films; e-copy and hard copy of Participant Manual; e-copy and hard copy of Train-the-Trainer Manual; and, Inclusive Space signs (price includes shipping and handling)
  • $25 for a set of DVDs with 13-min.and 21-min.versions of Project Visibility film.

Make your check or money order payable to:

Aging Services Foundation of Boulder County.
Mail to: Aging Services Foundation
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, ©2015 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; Fairfield County Community Foundation – donor advised fund; Jared Polis Foundation; Open Door Fund of the Community Foundation of Boulder County; and the Daily Camera.


Boulder County Area
Agency on Aging



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