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March 28, 2017

Caring for LGBT Elders: Project Visibility Training will be held Thursday, April 13 in Lafayette

Registration required by
April 6

Boulder County, Colo. - The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is hosting
a Project Visibility community-based training on Thursday, April 13, in
Lafayette.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) elders
often have particular needs and concerns as they age. This workshop will help educate
professional care providers, along with community members, friends and family,
on the best ways to serve this community.

What: Project
Visibility: Person-Centered Care for LGBT elders
When: Thursday,
April 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with an hour lunch break
Where: First
United Methodist Church, Griffin Hall, 1255 Centaur Village Dr., Lafayette,
Cost: Free of
charge, though advance registration is required

LGBT older adults have lived through times when overt
discrimination was common. Fewer legal protections in the past meant there was
little they could do when their housing, jobs, and basic safety were
threatened. Many are concerned these times could return as they get older. LGBT
elders can worry about feeling forced back into the closet just to receive the
care they need, as they face a wall of assumptions about who they are and the
lives they have led.

Project Visibility provides training to help make respectful
care for older LGBT adults possible. It is an award-winning program developed
by the AAA, a Boulder County Community Services Division, based on extensive focus
group research with area LGBT older adults. The training includes a short film in which elders speak about their lives,
strengths, wishes, and concerns about the aging services network. Participants
are given the tools to create a welcoming environment. They practice the skills
needed to anticipate questions and concerns of LGBT older adults, and how to intervene
when discrimination or hostility occurs. At the end of the training, everyone
leaves with a resource-paced manual.

For more information about Project Visibility, or
to register, contact Ash Bell at ashbell@bouldercounty.org.
The deadline to register is noon on Thursday, April
6.

Project Visibility