SAGE Central Virginia Introduces Free Training Curriculum on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Aging Issues.
- Published: Tuesday, June 16 2015
- Written by Diversity Richmond
LGBT aging cultural competency training is available free of charge to aging network agencies and other service providers to improve crucial services for LGBT older adults.
[Richmond, VA] SAGE Central Virginia, the older adult program of Diversity Richmond, introduced today its new training program, a comprehensive curriculum for aging network providers and LGBT organizations that aims to improve the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Many LGBT elders refuse to seek services because they fear discrimination or abuse by staff who do not accept their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender-nonconforming expression.
Although largely invisible until very recently, LGBT older adults make up a growing share of the overall LGBT population and the larger senior population. Estimates of the LGBT older adult population in Central Virginia range from 7,000 to 18,000, although the actual number is difficult to ascertain because of the social stigma that exists against the LGBT community and the fact that many LGBT seniors never publicly come out. Their numbers are expected to double in size over the next several decades. This means that aging providers will increasingly be called on for services and supports that meet their unique needs. The trainings will give agencies the tools and information they need to create inclusive and affirming services for all LGBT older adults.