Baby Boomers are turning 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day in the U.S.. Many LGBT older adults who have been impacted by the recession may have planned to retire in LGBT specific retirement communities they can no longer afford. Many will outlive their retirement nest eggs. These LGBT older adults will have to rely on mainstream aging organizations and housing providers to meet their support services and housing needs. Since it is estimated that by 2030, 2-7 million Americans aged 65 and older will identify as LGBT, it’s crucial that we become knowledgeable about the needs of aging LGBT residents and work to create welcoming environments that are supportive.
Increase awareness and empathy among aging services providers about the issues and needs of LGBT older-adults.
Assist aging services providers to continue to do the things they do very well already, while enhancing their ability to extend this same great care and service to LGBT older-adults.
Develop a basic awareness of the unique aging needs of LGBT older adults.
Enhanced understanding of the importance of addressing the support services needs of LGBT older adults.
Identify strategies for creating welcoming environments for LGBT older adults.
About the Speaker: Ruben Rivera-Jackman, MNPL, speaker, trainer and nonprofit leadership consultant, has an accomplished 25+ year career as a nonprofit leader with practical experience in, and solid understanding of, a diverse range of management, program development, and service delivery applications. Mr. Rivera-Jackman has a passion for working with, and advocating on behalf of, older adults, and has a natural ability for providing instruction and training for adult learners. After nearly 12 years of service as a Senior Resident Services Manager at the King County Housing Authority (KCHA), Mr. Rivera-Jackman has accepted the opportunity to serve as the Director of Resident Supports and Services for the Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG), one of the largest and leading affordable senior housing providers in Western Washington. Mr. Rivera-Jackman was the recipient of the 2011 American Association of Service Coordinators (AASC) President’s Award of Excellence. This award is given to a member who, in the opinion of the AASC President, is deserving of recognition for his/her work in the service coordination profession.