LGBT health con­fer­ence

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The first Ohio con­fer­ence fo­cus­ing on is­sues fac­ing les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der (LGBT) older adults will be held Feb. 11 and 12 at the Sin­clair Col­lege Con­fer­ence Cen­ter in Day­ton. The Mi­ami Val­ley LGBT Hori­zons of Ag­ing Sum­mit has been planned by a coali­tion of com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, led by Pub­lic Health - Day­ton & Mont­gomery County, United Church Homes’ Ruth Frost Parker Cen­ter for Abun­dant Ag­ing and Rain­bow Elder Care of Greater Day­ton.

The event will ex­plore is­sues LGBT older adults face and their jour­ney for equal­ity and dig­nity. Through key­note ad­dresses and 18 break­outs ses­sions, par­tic­i­pants will learn to rec­og­nize and re­move bar­ri­ers to qual­ity health care and other ser­vices. These are crit­i­cal ser­vices for older adults and some­times out of reach for the un­der­served LGBT com­mu­nity. The Sum­mit will of­fer two days of ed­u­ca­tion, af­fir­ma­tion and cel­e­bra­tion of LGBT peo­ple, pri­mar­ily age 50 and older.

The con­fer­ence will fea­ture a screen­ing of the film “Gen Silent” and dis­cus­sions with its pro­ducer Stu Mad­dox. The film chron­i­cles the chal­lenges of older LGBT in­di­vid­u­als seek­ing help and sup­port as they age. Other prom­i­nent speak­ers in­clude Dr. Nii-Quar­te­lai Quartey, na­tional leader of LGBT ini­tia­tives for AARP, and Dr. Ja­son Flatt, from Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia San Fran­cisco, who re­cently re­leased the first ma­jor re­search on de­men­tia in the LGBT com­mu­nity.

Lo­cal aca­demic pro­fes­sion­als and LGBT ag­ing spe­cial­ists will of­fer 18 dif­fer­ent break­out ses­sions cov­er­ing health care and so­cial jus­tice is­sues for LGBT older adults on top­ics in­clud­ing: cul­tur­ally com­pe­tent LGBT care/ ser­vice, af­ford­able se­nior liv­ing, trans­gen­der ag­ing, So­cial Se­cu­rity is­sues you need to know, the lat­est state and na­tional le­gal land­scape, hos­pice care for LGBT in­di­vid­u­als, in­ter­gen­er­a­tional panel dis­cus­sions and more. Day­ton’s own Rubi Girls so­cial jus­tice drag troupe and the Day­ton Gay Men’s Cho­rus also will make ap­pear­ances at the Sum­mit.

The con­fer­ence is open to pro­fes­sion­als such as so­cial work­ers and nurses, and also to the LGBT com­mu­nity and col­lege stu­dents who can at­tend both days for as lit­tle as $20 per day in­clud­ing break­fast and lunch. For pro­fes­sion­als who want con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion cred­its (CEUs), ad­mis­sion price to at­tend both days is $150, which in­cludes break­fast and lunch. Sin­gle-day regis­tra­tion is $75 per day. As many as nine CEU so­cial work or nurs­ing cred­its are avail­able for pro­fes­sion­als who at­tend both days. To regis­ter, visit the Sum­mit regis­tra­tion site at: www.hori­zons-lgbt. eventbrite.com. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Sum­mit, visit www. abun­dan­tag­ing.org.

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