Training to Serve

For LGBT Older Adults

Below are a number of resources available for LGBT older adults.

Resource Guide

Twin Cities Metro LGBT Aging Resource Guide

We all hope to be welcome when we walk through a door, yet we know LGBT older adults fear, and sometimes receive, poor service and abuse when looking for help. Training to Serve developed the Twin Cities Metro LGBT Aging Resource Guide to help people looking for LGBT-welcoming services for themselves, a loved one, or a client.

The Guide is not meant to endorse or guarantee the sensitivity of any provider. Services are listed because providers filled out a survey on the inclusiveness of their services. There was no fee to appear in the Guide. The TTS logo is next to any provider that had at least one staff member attend a TTS session.

General Resources

Senior LinkAge Line®
The Senior LinkAge Line® is the Minnesota Board on Aging's free statewide information and assistance service. The Senior LinkAge Line® service is provided by six Area Agencies on Aging that cover all 87 counties of Minnesota and helps connect you to local services. Call 1-800-333-2433 or visit www.minnesotahelp.info

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in partnership with 10 leading organizations from around the country.

25 Lessons on Successful Aging
SAGE's Successful Aging initiative provides lessons and resources to imagine this type of vibrant life at any age, one in which we also live and leave behind meaningful personal legacies.

Aging Network

Learn more about the Aging Network and how to get involved:

SAGE's Successful Aging initiative provides lessons and resources to imagine this type of vibrant life at any age, one in which we also live and leave behind meaningful personal legacies. - See more at: http://www.sageusa.org/successfulaging/index.cfm#sthash.5Gj3HCjb.dpuf
SAGE's Successful Aging initiative provides lessons and resources to imagine this type of vibrant life at any age, one in which we also live and leave behind meaningful personal legacies. - See more at: http://www.sageusa.org/successfulaging/index.cfm#sthash.5Gj3HCjb.dpuf

Caregiving

After DOMA
The Supreme Court’s historic ruling striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an enormous victory for loving, married couples and their families, and affirms that they deserve equal treatment under the law. Read the introductory FAQ.

National LGBT Caregiver Support Group
SAGECAP also runs a national telephonic support group for LGBT caregivers—a safe and nurturing space to discuss challenges, vent frustrations and share advice and resources. For more information, email caregiving@sageusa.org.

Employment

Employment Discrimination and LGBT Seniors
For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors, finding, keeping, and advancing in good jobs can be a challenge. LGBT seniors may confront both age-related bias and anti-LGBT bias in the workplace, which can leave them even more vulnerable than those of their counterparts who share, and therefore face discrimination based on, only one of those characteristics. Legal protections against workplace discrimination based on age, sexual orientation, and gender identity have expanded dramatically in many places across the United States, and LGBT seniors can access these legal tools to protect their rights in the workplace.

Legal

Take the Power - Are You Prepared?
What kind of long-range vision do you have for your future and that of your loved ones? Have you taken the necessary legal and financial planning measures to protect that vision? Answer the following life planning questions to find out how prepared you really are—or what life planning issues you need to start thinking about now.

Planning with Purpose: Legal Basics for LGBT Elders
Planning with Purpose: Legal Basics for LGBT Elders provides basic information about select areas of the law that are important to LGBT elders, especially individuals and couples who are age 55 and over, based on NCLR’s experience advocating for LGBT elders. This guide includes information about issues related to relationship recognition, finances, health care, long term care, planning for the care of minor or disabled children, inheritance, elder abuse, and discrimination against LGBT elders. It covers many of areas where rights, benefits, and protections are generally provided to heterosexual people based on spousal status, but are denied to same-sex couples, even if married or in other legal unions. It also highlights issues unique to transgender elders.

After DOMA
The Supreme Court’s historic ruling striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an enormous victory for loving, married couples and their families, and affirms that they deserve equal treatment under the law. Read the introductory FAQ.

Long-Term Care (Nursing Homes)

Residents' Rights and the LGBT Community
The federal 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law requires nursing homes to “protect and promote the rights of each resident” emphasizing individual dignity and self-determination in the provision of long-term care. Every nursing home accepting Medicare and/or Medicaid must meet federal requirements, including those regarding residents’ rights.

Medicare & Health Insurance

Aging Out at the Library
A partnership between the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging and Quatrefoil Library, Aging Out at the Library provides free on-site health insurance counseling for Medicare beneficiaries.

Social Organizations

G.L.E.A.M. (Gay & Lesbian Elders Active in MN)
A group for the 50+ GLBT community that enhances quality of life by providing safe environments for socialization. For more information about G.L.E.A.M. email gleam1000@msn.com or call 651-489-8306.

OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change)
OLOC provides older lesbians with opportunities to meet like-minded women in a common struggle to confront ageism and to share mutual interests. OLOC offers a quarterly newsletter as well as national gatherings.

Prime Timers
The purpose of Prime Timers is to provide mature gay and bisexual men with opportunities to come together in a supportive atmosphere to enjoy social, educational and recreational activities. There is a monthly newsletter that offers a wealth of announcements about the monthly general meeting of the organization as well as special interest activities (book clubs, etc).

Support & Survivor Groups

Minnesota Gay Men's Prostate Cancer Survivors Group
Helping gay men survivors cope. The Survivors Group can be reached by email s.c.guthrie@worldnet.att.net.

National LGBT Caregiver Support Group
SAGECAP also runs a national telephonic support group for LGBT caregivers—a safe and nurturing space to discuss challenges, vent frustrations and share advice and resources. For more information, email caregiving@sageusa.org.