Power of Knowing | Aging in LGBTQ+ Communities: Part One
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The Power of Knowing
Aging in LGBTQ+ Communities: Part One
Thursday, February 10 | 12 – 1:00 p.m.
Understanding comes from knowing. Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community or a caregiver provider seeking greater understanding, this program is for you. Discover a greater appreciation for the journey many travel. As we age and as we face illness, our life journey can shape our experiences accessing and using healthcare resources. LGBTQ+ seniors face unique challenges and needs as they navigate care options and services. This webinar will explore the impact of cultural devaluation and discrimination of LGBTQ+ persons in an effort to reveal the role care providers can play in creating inclusive and safe places for aging LGBTQ+ patients and clients. Creating inclusive environments is essential to help LGBTQ+ elders express themselves with integrity.
Learn about some of the unique challenges and needs of LGBTQ+ seniors.
Learn about why some LGBTQ+ people are less likely to seek out care for themselves and loved ones.
Learn about resources and action being taken by organizations to address the needs of LGBTQ+ people with serious illness and their loved ones.
Anne Arndt, LCSW is a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree from Fordham University. Her clinical experience has focused on individual and family counseling in the field of addiction, mental health counseling for older adults, Geriatric Care Management and 15 years of experience at Transitions LifeCare providing direct patient/family services, program management and end-of-life education. Anne joined SAGE as a member of their housing initiative exploring affordable housing options for LGBTQ seniors and has served as co-facilitator of the Education and Training Committee. The goal of this committee is to provide education on issues facing LGBTQ seniors and to foster the development of inclusive policies and practices among service providers.
Mary Manley is the Director of Growth and Provider Relations with AuthoraCare Collective. Mary is a native of Greensboro, NC. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Communications and Political Science from North Carolina State University. She has served as Director of Marketing at The Christian Counseling & Wellness Group, Director of Admissions at Alamance Health Care Center, and Business Development Yield Manager for Community Home Care & Hospice. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Elon University Anatomical Gifts Program and is an active participant in a number of senior citizens advocacy initiatives. Her work in the senior care industry has turned her passion into a 20-year career of advocating for the disenfranchised, compassionate and quality care for seniors, and the rights of everyone to die with dignity and respect. Having recently lost her beloved mother, Mary knows, firsthand, the value of advanced care planning and what excellence in end-of-life care means to patients and their families.
Joseph Wheeler is President of Performance421, LLC in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has directed a successful consulting practice for almost 30 years specializing in organization development, group facilitation, and training with an emphasis on equity and inclusion. He is an active volunteer for SAGE Central North Carolina, an affiliate of SAGE USA, which provides advocacy and education related to the needs of LGBTQ+ older adults. Joseph has presented at a number of regional and national conferences about the specific issues facing LGBTQ+ seniors in the aging services arena.
Meet Our Moderator
Risa Hanau, LCSW is the Clinical and Community Educator at AuthoraCare Collective. Risa is a seasoned presenter and teacher in the area of end-of-life and ethics. She is a member of the Cone Health Ethics Committee. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by training and holds a Master of Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania.