Project Visibility

Project Visibility© New Free Web-based Course!

“Project Visibility: Person-Centered Care for LGBT Older Adults” is now available 24/7 as a web-based training. This free 30-minute interactive course is designed for managers and employees of nursing and assisted living homes, and home health care agencies. The goal of Project Visibility is to co-create an aging services community that is informed, sensitive to, and supportive of LGBT elders.
The course reviews LGBT history and terms, and teaches skills we hope will open the hearts and minds of those caring for this often invisible population. These skills include:

  • Make no assumptions
  • Ask open-ended questions
  • Affirm resident rights

To begin, managers are invited to watch a 5-minute video (below) to hear reviews from Boulder County administrators.

Next, read the attached two-page Manager’s User Guide for helpful implementation tips (e.g., how to disable popup blockers and inspire your staff).

Then go to where two courses are listed. Managers should register and take the Manager Training, which includes a brief pre-and-post survey. This link also hosts the Employee Training (same course, no surveys) to be shared with staff.

Finally, download the Inclusive Space Placard or order “Building an Inclusive Community” decals at

View the Reviews!

A Little History about Project Visibility©

The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging launched Project Visibility in 2004, after conducting extensive focus groups with area LGBT elders. These seniors wondered which service providers were “safe and friendly” and feared many could be unwelcoming, or even hostile.

Studies have shown that 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 (  It is currently estimated that there are between one and three million Americans over 65 that identify as LGBT. As baby boomers age, this number will reach three to seven million by 2030. In Boulder County, we estimate that there are over 3,200 LGBT adults 60 years or older.

View the Project Visibility Trailer


Project Visibility LIVE Trainings and Materials

Project Visibility In-Person Trainings

The Project Visibility training is designed for managers and employees of nursing homes, assisted living residences, home care agencies, and other senior service providers, as well as the friends and families of LGBT elders. The training’s cornerstone is a 21-minute, or abridged 13-minute, film in which courageous lesbians, gay men, and a trans woman speak about their lives, their strengths, wishes, and concerns about the aging services network. A Power Point helps to guide the discussion. An accompanying manual provides history, background information, terminology, resources, and practical suggestions for providing culturally-competent care and services. Trainees will learn the simple necessary steps to ensure that their service or agency is LGBT inclusive. These easy-to-use materials have been sold to agencies in 30 states and several other countries; a Train-the-Trainer Manual is also available. (See How to Order, below.)

Register for one of our Upcoming 2016 Trainings

In Denver metro:
Dates: August 26 and November 4Time: 9:00AM-12:30pm
Trainer: Jennifer Solms
Hosted by: Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging
Location: DRCOG office, 1290 Broadway, Denver 80203
For info and to register:

In Boulder County:
Date: September 13
Time: 8:45am-12:00PM
Trainer: Ash Bell and Nancy Grimes
Hosted by: Boulder County Area Agency on Aging
Location: Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont 80501
For info and to register:

Train the Trainer

Designed for those who have already taken a Project Visibility community or in house training, this 5-hour course covers how to present a Project Visibility training complete with access to the films, a training book, and a trainer guide.
Date: Oct. 13
Time: 9:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.
Trainer: Ash Bell and Nancy Grimes
Hosted by: Boulder County Area Agency on Aging
Location: Alfalfa's Community Room 1651 Broadway Boulder, CO 80302
For info and to register:

For further information on Project Visibility or to request a free, customized, in-house training, please contact Trainings can be as short as 1 hour or as long as 3 hours.

Project Visibility Training Materials

You can also order our Easy-to-Use Project Visibility training materials for a cost of just $100 (which includes shipping and handling). Materials include:

  • A flash drive consisting of a 2-minute Project Visibility trailer, and 13-min. and 21-min.versions of films;
  • An e-copy and hard copy of the Participant Manual;
  • An e-copy and hard copy of Train-the-Trainer Manual; and
  • Inclusive Space signs.

When ordering, please 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


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PO Box 471
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