Project Visibility© 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
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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 (www.SAGEUSA.org). 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.
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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.)
For more information about our upcoming trainings please contact Michael Chifalo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For more information please contact Michael Chifalo at email@example.com.
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, ©2021 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; Fairfield County Community Foundation – donor advised fund; Jared Polis Foundation; Open Door Fund of the Community Foundation of Boulder County; and the Daily Camera.